Daily Prayer for January 14, 2023 (Psalm 22:1-5)

Daily Prayer for January 14, 2023 (Psalm 22:1-5)

Prayer: Our Father, we confess that there are many times in our pilgrimage in this life when we feel that you are far from us. Sometimes, the burdens of this life seem so great, and you seem so distant. We confess that there are times when we cry out to you, but you seem distant in such a way that we feel forsaken by you. So, father, we quickly confess to you that this life can be very hard sometimes. We confess to you that we tremble at the most minor of issues, worry, and fret over the smallest things. Too often, we behave like we are in charge of things. Though we know this to be foolish thinking, we also know that it is a reality far too often. As such, we find no rest. Day after day and night after night, we pray and plead, but you seem so absent from our concerns.

We know this is foolish because your Word makes it plain that your eyes are near to the godly and the very apple of your eye. We know your Word teaches us to cast our cares on you because you care for us. So, Father, why do we feel this way at times? Why do we identify so quickly with the Psalmists when he cries out and appears forsaken? Indeed, your only begotten and beloved Son cried these words! He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Yet, we know the answer to that question. It was because of our sin that he felt forsaken by you. Our sin, too, keeps us from entering into that perfect communion that we long for each day. Thus, we fret, worry, and forget that you care about our needs. You alone are holy, and we are creatures of dust. You know the end from the beginning, and we know very little. Our fathers before us trusted you even in the face of opposition, trial, torment, and death. We, too, must do so, for we know that you will never abandon your people. To you, therefore, we cry, and on your alone we trust. You are a perfect Father who orders and designs our days for our good and your glory. Do not forsake us in the way, and help us, Father, to remember the promises of your Word and trust your divine will for all things. We pray these things, humbly and boldly, because of our Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psa. 21:1-5