How to Get to Higher Ground Through Prayer

Praying Through the Bible #56 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Psalm 61:1-4

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 55 messages in this series.

This is message #56 titled “How to Get to Higher Ground Through Prayer”

A woman was sitting by her husband’s hospital bed one stormy night. The doctors had told her that her husband would die in a matter of hours. She was worried and afraid of losing the man she had been married to for over 30 years. She was afraid of being alone and being stuck with hospital bills she had no way of paying. As she sat there, she started to cry. Later, when she went out into the waiting room, she noticed a little book that another visitor had left behind. It was a copy of Our Daily Bread. She picked it up and started to flip through it. As she read, her eyes fell on the words from Psalm 61: “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” A voice seemed to speak to her heart: telling her to give all her troubles to God. And she did. God lifted the worries from her shoulders and gave her the confidence she needed to face the future.

Have you ever asked somebody how they were doing, and they said they were under the weather? Have you ever asked somebody how things were going in their life, and they said, they were doing fine under the circumstances?

Perhaps, you have even given those answers in response to similar questions in your own life.

But, did you know, beloved, that God does not want us to live below the circumstances? He does not want us to get beneath the weather. God wants us to live above our circumstances. He wants us to ride above the dangerous storm clouds that rage in our lives. David was no stranger to bad situations, but He was also no stranger to God’s presence. He knew that when the circumstances got too big and too complicated for him to handle, all he had to do was run to the Lord. He says in our passage, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”

David’s heart was overwhelmed, but he did not despair. He said simply, “I need to get to the Lord. I need to get to the Rock of my salvation.” And, that is what we need to do. We need to get to the Rock if we are going to stay above our circumstances. There are three things I want us to notice from this passage.

1. The Place of Protection. David asks God to lead him to “the Rock.” Why did David want to get to the Rock? Because the Rock is the place of protection. Why is the Rock so important? What are the characteristics of the Rock that make it the perfect place to go to when we are being dragged down by angry waves in the sea of our circumstances?

2. The Personal Perspective. As we continue looking at this passage, we see that David says, “lead me to the Rock.” Focus on the word “lead” and the word “me.” This is a personal issue for David. There is a path to the Rock, but it is a personal path, and we will only get on that path if we have the right perspective.

3. The Position of Peace. What happens when you get to the Rock? At the Rock, you find yourself in a position of peace. David says, the Rock is a “shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.” He says to the Lord, “I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.”

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