By Chaplain George Nix
Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
– Psalm 71:18
Have you ever been so upset that you have trouble praying? Days when everything seems to be going wrong, we don’t feel like praying. When we do, it’s hard to get our thoughts together. Asaph, the author of Psalm 77, said his spirit was “overwhelmed.” (v.3) He said “I am so troubled that I cannot speak.” (v.4)
He starts to consider the ancient times, and then: “I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search.” (v.6)
Asaph asks some questions, “Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore?” (v. 7-8) He seems to be having a crisis of faith. Can you relate to that? Times when we feel like God is not listening, that He has forgotten us.
Then, Asaph remembers…in the midst of his anguish. “And I said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.” (v. 10-11)
Asaph praises God and remembers… “I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.” (v. 12-14)
If you are struggling, and having a hard time praying, pour your heart out to God, and remember His works of old, times when He has answered your prayers in the past. In faith, believe that God will answer your current prayers, in His time and in His way.