Help! I need somebody!

“When I was younger so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way, and now these days are gone I’m not so self-assured, now I find, I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors… “(The Beatles) It is so hard to ask for help when we want to seem independent and self-sufficient, it even affects the way we pray.

You might wonder, “How do I ask God for what I need without seeming to beg, or whine?” or “Shouldn’t I be more grateful for what I already have?” As hard as it is and as much as you don’t want to do it, there are times that we do need help and other times that we need to learn how and when to give help without seeming to be condescending.

I was praying for myself one time and truthfully I was feeling very sorry for myself. I told God I was ready to come out of my grave I was ready for my resurrection, I wanted a new life and I wanted it “now”. While I waited for my light bulb revelation, I simply heard a scripture in my spirit; I opened my Bible to it and oh joy, I was so happy; it was the story of Lazarus! I felt that God had heard me and I was going to “come out”, life was going to get better! But then I heard “Stop, that’s not the part of the story I wanted you to read,” “OK Lord, what is it?” “Read on”, the verse He wanted me to see suddenly stood out, John 11:44 “And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in grave-clothes, his face wrapped in a head cloth.”  Jesus told his friends, “Unwrap him and let him go!” My heart sank, “Oh NO, Lord, don’t make me have to get help from my friends!” Then re-reading the story I realized that Jesus called this man forth from death, why didn’t he come out delivered of his grave-clothes? When He delivered the demoniac Mark 5:15 “They came up to Jesus and saw the madman sitting there wearing decent clothes and making sense, no longer a walking madhouse of a man.”

We see that Jesus clothed that man so why didn’t he take the grave clothes off Lazarus? He asked his friends to do it. I had to learn to let someone else pray for me, to become vulnerable to those who could offer advice, and that was not easy for me to do.

The Psalmist King asked for help many times! Psalm 22:11 “Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.”  Psalm 70:1 “MAKE HASTE, O GOD, TO DELIVER ME; MAKE HASTE TO HELP ME, O LORD”.

Soon after I had the “Lazarus Revelation” my paternal grandfather called me, “I have a word for you granddaughter,” he said, I was thrilled, I was going to hear a prophecy for my life! He then quoted Psalm 23:4 “Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” He told me that the “rod” was the Word of God, the correction and admonition, the path for my life, but that the “staff” represented friends, which I needed to lean on, the way the shepherd leaned on it to rest. I guess if you are too hard headed for God to get the message to you one way, He tries a different way.

I went from the Beatles saying, “Help! I need somebody” to Bill Withers singing “Lean on me, when you’re not strong, I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on…” All of those words are good, but when push comes to shove, “No one ever cared for me like Jesus, there’s no other friend so kind as He, no one else could take the sin and darkness from me, oh how much He cares for me.”

Friends whether you like it or not, we are here to help one another so remember the words of a song by Diana Ross which say, “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand, make this world a better place if you can!” And I say, “Yes we can!”

3 Replies to “Help! I need somebody!”

  1. We don’t just ask God to answer our prayers… we TELL HIM HOW to do it!!
    LORD, I need you to let me WIN the Lottery!! I can do SO MANY wonderful things with that money!!
    New buses for my Church Bus Ministry!! Sponsoring Summer Mission Trips around the World thru Our Mission programs! New Buildings for our Youth Department, Research for Cancers and many other illnesses, Expanding our “Community Outreach Center” for the ‘near-homeless’ in our city, and build the ‘School Lunches for weekends’ program, and a LIST of so very many MORE things I can support!!
    [Right after I take care of all the ‘stuff’ I want for myself…] (-;

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    1. Very true Floyd. That’s why I always pray for “solution” which says I want your will done in my life!🎈


  2. When I was young I wrote a poem called “All I need is Love”……A very long time ago and I don’t remember all of the words or exactly where it is now…..but I remember asking what this really meant. I don’t know all the time exactly what to ask for but you know that it is HE that knows and is in control of each of my paths. I expect just like when we are expecting our labor to begin that it will come with great effort and then the Love. If you ever need anything, I will do or help in anyway. Love, linda

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