Prayer in time of distress

“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and oppressed. Preserve my life, for I am loyal; save your servant who trusts in you.”
— Psalms 86:1-2


This could be a prayer each one of us could likely say, or have said, at some point in our life. And we said it not necessarily about a physical pain, but an emotional one. The busyness and fracturedness of the world has created such a fragile nature to our world and it is experienced by nearly everyone. In fact, if we did not feel this sense of disconnect with others, it’s probably because we’re living on a desert island and are insulated from it.

But Jesus called us to be salt and light to the world, and not to run away from the pain. We are to be His hands and feet in the midst of this brokenness and bring His message of mercy and love to everyone we meet.

In this way, when someone in the world feels or says they feel oppressed and poor, or fear for their safety, we will be there to offer them protection and help in some way. The disciples of Jesus joyfully and faithfully brought, and continue to bring, His message to the world.

What will you do today to help the oppressed and poor in your midst? And remember, this will not necessarily require money. Such a person who needs your help may have had a job loss, experienced an illness or the death of someone close to them. What can you do today to offer them comfort, your loving ear and a hand of protection? Take time to notice someone in need and be Christ to them.

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 extension 718.