If only people knew that they can call on God in distress and He will deliver them.
We are so used to thinking of God as absent or inactive, or even unreal.
"For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.
"He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
"From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight." Psalm 72:12-14 (NRSV)
"'Is my hand shortened, that I cannot redeem?
"'Or have I no power to deliver?'" Isaiah 50:2b (NRSV)
"'Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,' says the Lord." Jeremiah 1:8 (NRSV)
When we are young we feel as if we should not bother God with our prayers.
But as we grow in faith we realize that God listens to our prayers and answers them.
Moses, David, and Jesus all speak of God's steadfast love and compassion.
When there is no one to help.
Cry out to God!
And He will say, "You can count on me."
(Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.)