Besought

2 Kings 13:4
“And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them.”

Throughout the Scriptures, God’s people called on Him in many situations of life. The words that God uses to show what caught His attention were words like “besought, cried,” and “call.” Each of these words show a definite situation that came upon one’s life and that they needed God to do something miraculous to get them out of their situation.

Have you, or do you find yourself in one of those situations right now when your life needs something from God? When you get to the point that you MUST have God’s intervention that it moves you to beg Him, it is at this point when you will find that God will hearken to your prayer. Let me share with you five instances when God is very interested in helping you.

First, God hears your voice when you are unfairly treated. The verse above says that Jehoahaz “besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel…” Do you find yourself in a situation where you have been treated unjustly? Let me encourage you that if you will beseech God for help that He will hearken to your situation. Only God can change unjust treatment. You can run to others for help, but only God can help you, and He will help if you will earnestly seek Him.

Second, God hears your voice when you’re forsaken by all. It says about Ishmael in Genesis 21:17, “…What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.” When those nearest you are the ones who have forsaken you, God hears your voice for help. There are times when those who are supposed to help forsake you, and it is in these times that the One who will help is God. If you will call to Him as Ishmael did, you will find that God will hear your voice and help.

Third, God hears your voice when sorrows come your way. In Exodus 3:7, God heard the cry of Israel in their affliction. When health afflicts you, your only hope is God. When the taskmaster of finances afflicts you and you seem to have no hope, it will be your cry to God that will get you through those low times. Whatever taskmaster you have that afflicts you, always remember that God can help you if you will cry to Him.

Fourth, God hears your voice when you are in trouble. Psalm 50:15 says, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Do you find yourself in a situation that you don’t know how to get out of? This verse is teaching that if you will call on God that He will deliver you. God is your only hope of deliverance from the trouble you face today.

Fifth, God hears your voice in spite of what you have done. Psalm 106:43-44 says, “Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:” What I love about this verse is that you may have provoked God many times through your sinful actions, but He is still willing to hear your cry and deliver you if you will only call out to Him. My friend, you may not feel worthy of God’s help, but it doesn’t matter if you are worthy of it, He wants to help. Never let your pride keep you from crying out to God in whatever situation you may presently find yourself in.

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