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O Lord, Please Hurry & Answer My Prayer!
"It is not forbidden us, in hours of dire distress, to ask for speed on God's part in His coming to rescue us." - Charles Spurgeon
"God's time is the best time, but when we are sorely pressed we may with holy importunity quicken the movements of mercy. In many cases, if help should come late, it would come too late; and we are permitted to pray against such a calamity."
- Charles Spurgeon
"The more grievous our straits, the more earnest should be our prayers."
- Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament
"It is right to be delivered from all evil; equally right to pray to be delivered immediately."
- Barnes' Notes
Have you ever found yourself crying - maybe even screaming out to God - to hurry up and bring the answer to your prayer? You felt as though your faith would not hold out another minute and - if the answer did not come soon - the enemy would surely gain an advantage. Was it wrong to earnestly pray in this manner for the answer or deliverance that you so desperately needed at the time?
Let's examine some Scriptures throughout the Book of Psalms and see how David prayed when he was in dire straits and needed God's immediate intervention.
When we pray, we always want God to hear us. In the following Scriptures, we sense that David's case was urgent. He had to have relief or he would perish. Delay would be dangerous and deadly. His life was in jeopardy. His misery reached its extremity. He was ready to sink or faint away in despair. His main concern was that when he prayed, God "heard him speedily" and without delay sent the answer.
Psalm 69:17 says - "And hide not Thy face from Thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily."
Psalm 143:7 says - "Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not Thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit."
Several words are repeated in the following Scriptures. David continually cries out to God to "make haste to help me." At one time, he even adds - "O LORD, make no tarrying."
Psalm 22:19 says - "But be not Thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste Thee to help me."
Psalm 38:22 says - "Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation."
Psalm 40:13 says - "...O LORD, make haste to help me."
Psalm 70:1 says - "...make haste to help me, O LORD. "
Psalm 70:5 says - "But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: Thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying."
Psalm 71:12 says - "O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help."
Psalm 141:1 says - "LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me..."
He was facing hard cases that required timely aid from his "salvation," "help," and "deliverer." He desperately needed deliverance from dreadful mental sorrows. He was facing double danger - from disease and from his deadly enemies. Help must not be slow in coming. Peril was increasing. The pain of anxiety and fear was overwhelming. He was in extreme distress. He was oppressed with need - his wants being so many...the danger was so great and imminent...and the time was so short. He was pressed on all sides with an emergency. His situation needed immediate attention. His case was urgent. There was a good possibility that he would be overcome by the enemy if help did not come soon.
It was in this predicament when David cried earnestly unto the Lord to "make haste to help me."
O Saint of God, have you ever been in such dire straits where you desperately needed God to come through for you immediately - without delay? Perhaps you have felt as though you were "sinking in the mire" of despair and needed the Lord to do something quickly or you weren't going to make it through the present trial. Maybe you are there right now and feel as though you cannot take another step forward. Why not use these Scriptures as a basis to cry out to God for His immediate intervention? As He did for David, He will hear you and bring the help that you need.
Lastly, we find the Psalmist praying - "deliver me speedily."
Psalm 31:2 says - "Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily..."
Psalm 40:13 says - "Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me..."
Psalm 70:1 says - "Make haste, O God, to deliver me..."
Notice that his prayer is not nonchalant. He is not passive about his situation. With great passion, he is going after God for His swift and sure mercies. He knows that if His deliverance is deferred much longer, his faith will fail. He was in extreme distress and facing imminent danger. If God did not come through for him, he would not make it. He would surely perish.
Perhaps you find yourself today relating to David for you, too, are facing ominous difficulties and need God's immediate intervention. It's not a time to sit back and feel sorry for yourself. Do like he did and go after God for your answer. Cry out to Him to "hear you speedily" ..."make haste to help you" ..and "deliver you speedily."
Just as He did for the Psalmist, the Lord God will come through for you - quickly and without delay.
Believe it will happen when you pray!
May God Bless His Word.