Crying out to God in your desert place

All of us as Christians go through desert places. Where our journey feels dry and barren and it is like we are walking through a hot, dry and windy desert alone.

David went through a number of times like this. We read a number of times in Psalms where he cried out to God and told God how he was really truly feeling!

I really like David’s honesty in his prayers. He laid out all his hurts, his pain, his fears and his frustrations. He did not try to hide anything from God.

The reality is that God knew how David was feeling and He knows how we are feeling today too. He sees into our hearts and sees our pain, our frustration and our deep longings.

When I go through a desert place my first reaction to push on and tough it out. Slowly (read as extremely slowly) I realise what it happening and I go easy on myself and go to God honestly in prayer.

David’s prayer from Psalm 63 has been a great help in these times. It is worth a slow and reflective read…

Psalm 63:1-8 NLT
[1] O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. [2] I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. [3] Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! [4] I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. [5] You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. [6] I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. [7] Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. [8] I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

If you are going through a dry place at the moment, I would encourage you to reflectively read Psalm 63 and see how David cried out to God in the midst of his sufferings.

David said he thirsted for God. He told God he longed for Him. And how he would praise Him and pray to Him as long as he lived. David even said he laid awake at night thinking of God. David also declared in the midst of it, that God held him securely.

David knew what it was to be honest with God. This is something we can learn from him. The desert place can be hard. But it becomes easier if we follow David’s example and cry out to God in the midst of it.