This is my article that was published today in The Natoma-Luray Independent section of The Russell County News, and that will be published next week in The Plainville Times.
We implore You to hear us, good Lord.
Part of my daily devotions during this time of Lent is to pray the Litany each night. The Litany is an ancient prayer of the Church that dates back over 1000 years.
One part of the Litany is to ask God for a variety of things, including His guidance and direction upon the Church and upon the nation; for His grace and protection upon those who are sick and weak, as well as those who are in situations that make them vulnerable to attack; and there are prayers for God’s blessings upon the land yielding forth the fruits of the earth.
The response to each of these petitions is We implore You to hear us, good Lord. Think about that response for a moment: We implore you to hear us, good Lord. We, the Church on earth, are begging God to hear our prayers, begging Him to answer our prayers favorably; begging Him to do for us those good things that we know that He is capable of.
When you think about it in these terms, the Church is really depicted as a whiny, pestering child; demanding a parent to give them what they want right now. When a child does this, the parent more often than not, may reprimand the child as opposed to granting their request.
And yet, God does not reprimand His people for their prayers. God wants to hear your prayer requests; He wants to hear those things that you want and desire, both for the good of yourself, and for the good of your neighbor. God wants to hear your prayer requests, not because He does not know that our land needs rain, or that there is chaos in the world, or that you are struggling with a particular issue; God wants to hear your prayers because it is a sign that you have placed your complete hope and trust in Him alone and not in your own works or in the hands of false gods.
To pray We implore You to hear us, good Lord, is to pray that we are in a most desperate situation and the only one who can help us, the only one who can answer our petitions, the only one who can provide, is the one true God of heaven and earth.
And so we pray We implore You to hear us, good Lord.