Do you ask for help when you need it? Sometimes it can be easy for pride to get in the way and we try to do things on our own, like getting lost on a journey and absolutely refusing to stop and ask directions. We've all wound up in a sticky situation or two because we decided to not ask for help, maybe even received a few bruises or broken bones because of it. There's a reason we were made as a part of a community of people, we need to rely on and help one another. That's an easier piece to do, but being the one to actually ask for help, can be tough at times, especially when you're trying to make it on your own. God tells us that it's okay to ask for help, encouraging it. It's one of the best ways we learn. Do you ask for help?
Today's Reading states:'"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not' (Isaiah 58:6-11).
Today's reading talks about how we need to seek the Lord and to ask. It may be easier to ask a friend or family member for aid than leaning on God, when actually, it should be the opposite. Think about it, God knows each and every part of what makes you who you are, and welcomes you with open arms. God already knows what's going on in your life, your mind, the challenges you face. He's waiting for you to come to Him and ask for aid. That aid may not come in the most obvious way, but He's there, even more so than the friend you tend to lean on for help. All you need to do is take the first step, to trust and ask. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you in your time of need.
Today we pray:
Thank You for always being here by my side, watching out for me and welcoming me home. Help me to ask for Your aid when I need it, and not be too afraid to share things with You.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.