Pastor Bill Meadows
April 2, 2014
People think it is wrong to cry out to the Lord in a time of crisis. In the Word of God there is nothing wrong with crying out to the Lord in times of crisis. I myself have done it many times in my life, and if you were truthful you would say the same thing. Throughout the Word of God, we read of the Lord being our refuge in times of trouble. A crisis for a child of God can be short, or it can last for a long period of time. David wrote this, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (psalm9:9). We also see this in the book of Psalm, “God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble” (Psalm46:1).
I was thinking about Daniel as he cried out to the Lord for help. He prayed, “Now therefore, O our god, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake” (Daniel 9:17).
This is Daniel’s petition and plea. He recalls how God led Israel out of Egypt. God did it because of His righteousness, not because of Israel‘s righteousness. “God looked upon the children of Israel and God had respect unto them” (Exodus 2). The only thing that made an appeal to God from the people was their groaning. Now Daniel ask God to repeat Himself by delivering them again because of His righteous when God extends His mercy to us because Jesus Christ has fully paid all the penalty for our sin. “To declare, I say , at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).
Daniel was very concerned about the additional destruction to the city of Jerusalem because of the sinful disobedience of the people. He pleaded with the Lord to turn His anger and fury away from Jerusalem. Daniel’s intercession was in a time of crisis. There are many examples where the Lord’s people have cried out to Him for help in a crisis situation.
Another example of intercession in crisis come from the Bible’s account of the disciple Peter when he walked on the water on the Sea of Galilee. There are numerous spiritual lessons that can be learned from this miraculous event. The ship got caught in a bad storm and was being tossed about. It was at the fourth watch that Jesus appeared, walking on the water. The disciples were troubled, saying, “It is a spirit: and they cried out for fear” (Matthew 14:26). That moment became a time of crisis for them. They were helpless and no doubt thought they were going to die. If you were in their shoes what would be going on in your mind? I would be crying out to my Lord and God for help. One of my daughters and I was on our way back to the United State from England. Four hours out over the ocean, one of the engines had problems. We were told that the engine was being shout off and one hour later we lost another engine. All we had was two engines and the captain said we were going back to London. What a ride, and I mean a rough one. My daughter asked me if we were going to die and I told her that we are in the hands of the Lord. So, I asked the people if they wanted me to pray to the Lord and they said “Yes!” There was many lost people on that plane; the reason I know this is that before this problem started many of them were drinking. I cried out that the Lord would keep us in his hands all the way back to London. I thank God He did. We had a hard landing but we were safe. They had to carry some people off the plane and I was one of them because of my back. You know that the people were all around me thanking me for the prayer that I prayed during the crisis we were in. I use to hear from many of them for some years, but not now. I don’t know how many people gave their lives to the Lord that night. Those that were drinking were crying out to the Lord that night to save them
You see that the Lord’s arms are outstretched to us in all crisis situations. He is our safe haven, our comfort, our rest, and our peace. As already stated,. He is our refuge and strength and a very present help in time of trouble.
How about you? Are you in a crisis, call upon the Lord; He is waiting to hear you crying out right now.