“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These are words that I suspect most all of us have asked in prayer at some point in our lives. Everyone faces their own challenges in this life and we all experience feelings of sadness, betrayal, loss, fear, stress, anger, and the list goes on. In our own lamentations, often times we forget that Jesus also expressed these words of David in his own final moments of suffering on the cross. In our deepest and darkest moments of suffering, it is easy to question the reasons or motives of God to lead us to these feelings. It is easy to let the feelings of hopelessness and abandonment overtake us.
In moments of vulnerability, we, like both David and Jesus, should turn to the Lord in prayer and confidence. “But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.” We too can ask for God’s presence to help us navigate the dangers and despair that are inevitable in our lives. Regardless of our perceived hopelessness, we can trust in the Lord, and put our faith in him. We can pour out our feelings of distress and turmoil, and know that God hears us, and will answer our prayers for his presence and help.