Three simple, yet utterly profound words: God help me.
It’s not a complicated prayer. There is no fancy, “spiritual” language in this prayer. This is not an impressive prayer by any means.
It’s a prayer of desperation. Of weakness. Of need. It’s the kind of prayer you pray when everything seems dark and you don’t see a way out.
“God help me,” is a prayer that you whisper when you’re walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
It’s a prayer for the scared. For the weak. For the weary.
And I’ve got some really good news…
It’s a prayer God loves to answer.
God Help Me: A Prayer Of Confidence
The moment we say, “God,” everything changes.
Think about it for a second. We are imploring the God of the universe, the one who created all things, the one who holds the planets in orbit, to act on our behalf.
When God enters the picture, everything changes. Dead men are raised to life, flesh covers dry bones, and deserts blossom.
Saying, “God help me,” is a prayer of confidence because we know that God has promised to do great things on our behalf when
James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
There truly is great power in prayer. When we pray to the living God, he moves mountains on our behalf. He does miracles. He changes circumstances. He brings about things we never thought were possible.
There is no challenge too great for God, no circumstance he cannot bring good from.
As it says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Charles Spurgeon said:
There is no force in nature that is equal to the power of prayer. The law of gravitation holds the planets in their orbits, and links the sun to all the spheres that circle round him. But prayer has now made gravitation itself cease to exert its energy: “Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon,” said Joshua, who had first spoken to the Lord about the matter (Josh. 10:12).
“God help me,” is not a desperate, “I hope this works,” kind of prayer. It’s a prayer of quiet, resolute confidence, knowing that when God is brought into the picture, there’s no telling what he might accomplish.
God Help Me: A Prayer of Dependence
When we say, “God help me,” we are acknowledging that, above all else, we are dependent upon God.
We are saying, “I don’t have the strength in and of myself to make it through these circumstances…but God does. My God is strong enough to sustain me, even though it may seem like everything is going to pieces.”
When we say, “God help me,” we are agreeing with what the Psalmist said in Psalm 121:1-2:
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth
Our help comes from one source and only one source: the living God who created the heavens and the earth.
God is our refuge. Our fortress. We don’t need any other help. We don’t look for any other savior. We look to God and ONLY God to rescue us in our time of need.
Often times we’re tempted to look to other sources for security and rescue. We look to money. We trust in our physical strength. We rely upon our resourcefulness.
But when we pray, “God help me,” we’re saying, “I reject any hope other than God. He alone is my hope and stronghold.”
Psalm 46:1 puts it this way, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
I love how it says that is a very present help in trouble. He’s not far off. He’s not distant. No, he’s right there with us, and he won’t leave us or forsake us in the midst of our trouble.
When we’re struggling, when we’re weary, when we’re stumbling, we can know that he is with us every single step of the way. He is VERY present with us.
God Help Me: A Prayer Of Glory
One of the reasons God loves to answer the prayer, “God help me,” is that it gives all the glory to him.
When God alone is the one who can deliver us it means God alone gets all the glory when the deliverance comes.
We certainly don’t get any glory. We’re weak and weary and calling out for God’s help. When God comes through in big, awesome ways, he gets all the glory and praise.
I think this is what Paul was getting at when he said:
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1:7-9).
Paul felt that he had been given a death sentence. Like he had no way out. Like it was completely dark with no stars to be seen anywhere. He was in such desperate straights that he despaired of life itself.
So Paul was forced to rely solely upon God for the rescue. And God did indeed come to his rescue. In the next verse, Paul says, “He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”
God received all the glory for helping Paul. All the honor and praise and worship went to him, not Paul and his companions.
God loves to answer the prayer, “God help me,” because it brings him such glory.
A Prayer For Rescue
Lord, please help me. I am in over my head. I can’t figure everything out. I can’t rely on my own strength or my own wits.
I freely admit that I’m weak and don’t have the strength to get through this on my own. I need you, my rescuer and deliver to break through and help me. I’m putting all my hope in you.
And I firmly believe that you indeed will deliver me. You are a faithful God, even when I’m faithless. You are the God who commands the angel armies. There is no circumstance too great for you. No trial too difficult for you to solve. I am 100% confident that you are working all things for my good and your glory.
Thank you Lord that I don’t have to have all the answers. You have all the answers, and will lead me and guide me. You are the Good Shepherd who will take me to still waters and green pastures.
I praise you that you have always been faithful in the past and that you will continue to be faithful in the future.
God help me. I believe you will.
In Jesus name, Amen.