You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters. You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, and gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness. You broke open the fountain and the flood; You dried up mighty rivers. The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun. You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter” (Psalm 74:13-17).

Have you ever gone to the Lord in prayer with a list of reasons why you believe He should answer a certain prayer? The late James M. Boice writes,

“If you are having trouble praying about something important in your life, why not do what Asaph does? [in Psalm 74] Make a list of why God should answer your prayer and plead those reasons. Either God will answer, or you will find that your prayer is not a good one and you will pray for something better.”[1]

We ask God to be who He says he will be. We remind ourselves what He has done in the past to show us His faithfulness, and we ask Him to do it again.

In Psalm 74:13-17, Asaph does this just by recalling five events that display God’s faithfulness: God’s parting of the Red Sea (vs. 13a), God’s protection from dangerous sea creatures (vs. 13b-14), God drying the river Jordan for them to cross (vs. 15), God creating night and day (vs. 16), and God dividing the seasons (vs. 17).

These five events are only a miniscule sampling of how God has worked in the past.

The world says, “See God can’t help your sufferings. He is allowing it to happen. Your city is destroyed; God didn’t stop it. He didn’t know it was coming and did nothing to stop it.”

Asaph is saying, “That’s ridiculous! Have you considered some of the great works God has done? I’ll give you five! God is more than able to stop some tyrants from attacking His city and His Temple.”

And God isn’t saying in heaven, “Aw shucks. Sorry guys! My bad! I would have liked to have helped you, but I couldn’t this time.” Asaph asks God to stop their suffering because He has proven He can.

Plead the promises of God in prayer. Ask Him to do what He has done in the past. He loves to show His faithfulness!

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[1] Boice, pg. 622.

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