See how Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] defined King David: “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22). What a great honour to bestow on a man!
And yet, King David was a man, at times, of failures and weaknesses. Thankfully, David was truthful, and he acknowledged his failures, as we can see by many of his Psalms.
Consider one of King David’s prayers to the Father: “O let me not wander from Your commandments” (Psalms 119:10). This prayer could be the plea of any one of the disciples of Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ].
Yahushua’s disciples are Thirsty Souls who know their own weaknesses and sinful inclinations. We know intimately, our great need for God’s power to help us!
Because of our failures however, it is not uncommon for us to pray such prayers as the ones King David often prayed:
O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed… (Psalms 25:20a)
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me (Psalms 19:13a).
Set a watch, O Yahuwah [LORD], before my mouth; keep the door of my lips (Psalms 141:3).
Incline my heart unto Your testimonies, and not to covetousness (Psalms 119:36).
Incline not my heart to any evil thing (Psalms 141:4a).
As these verses show us, all of us need the holding and guiding power of Yahuwah Elohim. Praying for Yahuwah’s strength and power is a great need among Father’s children.
But why is it this way? Because there are times when we “go astray like a lost sheep“, and we desperately need Father to seek us out and restore us (Psalms 119:176). Though we dearly love Yahuwah and His Word, and yet, we need Father’s great grace to hold us tightly, as sheep within His corral (Psalms 100:3).
Most times, we are safe within the confines of Father’s pasture, feeding on His Word, following in His path, and in fellowship with His people. We enjoy the shower of Yahuwah’s blessings and grace. But sometimes, a little distraction happens. We stumble over something — a too-high expectation, a neglected duty, or we become hurt or embittered over an incident.
Whatever the breach may be, we begin to stray, so very slightly and sometimes without notice at first.
The Downward Slope
Yet such a breach is a great abhorrence to us. If we stray or wander from Father’s Ways in even the slightest way, our soul becomes convicted, cast down, and disturbed.
At such times as these, a hardness can begin to happen within our heart. [Oh Father, deliver me from a hard-heart!]
It may be humiliating for us to admit it, but we know deep inside whenever it happens — we have strayed — we are convicted, and we need Father’s mercy and His restoring grace.
If we are honest, all of us recognize the tendency of our selfish inclinations and feebleness. Our natural, soulish tendency is an inclination to the downward slope of our weak and corrupt, self-nature — that is, a tendency to pride, or slothfulness, or neglect of duties, or an unruly tongue, or a myriad of other snares and deceptions of this world.
However, these are the moments when we must ‘take hold’ of Father’s mercy and the hope we have in Yahushua Messiah, our faithful High Priest. These are the moments to acknowledge our failure and seek His forgiveness.
By sincere prayer, we have instant, direct access to Father’s abundant mercy, grace, and forgiveness! His mercy is available to us regardless of our situation or our feelings of unworthiness:
Quicken me [Revive me], O Yahuwah [LORD], for Your name’s sake: for Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of Your mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am Your servant. (Psalms 143:11-12)
O my God, incline Your ear, and hear; open Your eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name: for we do not present our supplications before You for our righteousnesses, but for Your great mercies. (Daniel 9:18)
As these verses show us, when we come to Father, in the name of His Son, Yahushua Messiah, and we come on the basis of His righteousness, not our own righteousness, then . . . He is merciful and faithful to restore us, bringing deliverance to us from the enemy!
Father has made us a New Creation in Messiah, and each day His life is strengthened within us, if we will simply humble ourselves by going to Him, talking to Him, and asking for His help (Psalms 33:18-20). No matter how small or how big our dilemma may be, if we will ask Him to help us, then He promises to answer us: Ask, and it shall be given you (Matthew 7:7a)!
Asking for His help is the secret to finding His strength in our time of need. This is especially true when we present ourselves to Him each morning, and we acknowledge Him in all our ways:
- I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
- Trust in Yahuwah [the LORD] with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all youry ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
- In the day when I cried, You answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul. (Psalms 138:3)
As these verses teach us, when we present ourselves to Father each day, and make time to be with Father, reading His Word and praying, He becomes a safeguard for us!
Through trusting in His Word and His mercy, as well as our humble prayers, then we are renewed by the power of His Spirit, day by day, little by little. By spending time with Him [even a few minutes being better than none!], Father makes us more receptive to His guidance, and to His grace that enables us.
As we saw in Trusting in Yahuwah With All Your Heart, when we acknowledge Yahuwah in all our ways, no matter how small the matter, then He refreshes our innermost being! He energizes us, and gives us confidence in His power to hold us close to Him — gives us confidence in His lovingkindness to lead us “in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).
Without Yahuwah, we will sink! Without Him, we are undone! But with Yahuwah’s daily enablement of grace and mercy, we will walk in newness of life . . . because “it is no longer I than lives, but Messiah who lives in me!” (Galatians 2:20) It is only by His life, and by His grace, that He strengthens us, and enables us to be obedient!
“I found I could not live without enjoying the presence of God. If at any time a cloud (an uneasy darkness) came over me, I could not rest, I could not study, I could not attend to anything with the least satisfaction or benefit until the way was again cleared between my soul and God.” – Charles Finney
“Prayer is God’s ordained way to bring His miracle power to bear in human need.” – Wesley L. Duewel
The Way Upward
The Scriptures tell us Yahushua is The Way (John 14:6).
- When we allow Yahushua to live within us, daily asking for His help to walk in obedience as He did, then we will find His Way — His life, His cleansing, and His victory (1Peter 1:22)!
- When we study the Scriptures, looking for direction and comfort, Father always enlarges our understanding and gives us insight for our path.
- When we abide in Him, by becoming a “DO-er” of Yahuwah’s Word, we are enabled to cling tightly to Him (John 15:10; 1John 3:24).
- When we, by our will, choose to be a “DO-er” of Yahuwah’s Word, He makes us able to trust in Him completely (Psalms 22:5).
It is then that we will begin to find answers for our troubles and questions:
- The entrance of Your Words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple. (Psalms 119:130)
- O send out Your light and Your truth: let them lead me. (Psalms 43:3a)
The Comfort of the Scriptures
The Scriptures are a great comfort for Thirsty Souls — those who are thirsting for the Living Waters of the Fountain of Life!
Father’s Word continually reminds us of His holding power on our behalf. The book of Psalms is especially full of comforting promises for Father’s children — promises to strengthen us and to keep us from falling, to keep us from wandering away, for He is upholding us with His Hand!
And yes, it will happen that we will fall and stumble at times, because we are weak, frail creatures. But that is not the time to give up! Instead, it is the time to remember our Father’s heart of love for us!
If we will humble ourselves, crying out for His mercy and forgiveness through the blood of His Son (1John 1:9), then Father will enable us, by His grace, to repent, and to get back up, and return to Him. (Psalms 37:23-24,39).
A genuine heart’s desire to honour Father in all that we do is what keeps us seeking Father’s mercy in our times of failure. When we come to Him with sincere repentance, then He will always restore and forgive, and will show Himself strong on our behalf!
Whenever we are convicted, cast down and disturbed over our own failings, our dilemmas, our sins and our blunders, here is what we know:
- it is time to be humble, admit our failures, and run into the strength of Father’s loving arms (Deuteronomny 33:26-27);
- it is time to take refuge under His wings and to seek the comfort of His Word (Psalms 17:5-8; Psa 36:7; Psa 57:1; Psa 63:1-8);
- it is time to trust Him — that He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9);
- it is time to remember that He will never cast us away when we come to Him in genuine repentance, willing to be obedient to His Word (Proverbs 28:13; John 6:37; Matthew 11:28).
Oh HalleluYAH for the abundant goodness and mercy of the Mighty One of Israel!
- Dying to Self– A brief list of practical examples of how we experience “dying to Self.” In order for resurrection Life to occur, we must first undergo this death of Self in all areas of our life. As we allow the cross to bring crucifixion to Self, we then experience the power of His resurrection.