Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-25 NKJV)
Dear Heavenly Father, as I read from Exodus this morning, these verses stood out to me in a new way. While we are not enslaved, many of us feel increasing and even unprecedented pressure. We are frustrated by our circumstances and full of uncertainties. I know so many prayer warriors who have lifted up their voices to You, praying for help as we navigate sickness, shortage, leadership squabbles from within our government, financial worries, job insecurities, and so much more. And just as You looked on the children of Israel and acknowledged them, I know You are doing the same for us. You hear our cries and according to Psalm 56:8, You even collect our tears. So while we don’t know the end of this story yet, we know You do. We know You hear. I pray Father that no matter what happens, Your will be done. And we can pray that boldly, even setting aside our own agendas, knowing that whatever You allow, it’s a better plan than our own and for Your higher purpose. Most of all, Lord, we know that You will equip us as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus. Please be glorified in this, even when we don’t understand. Thank You, Father, for being a good, good Father and for acknowledging our hurts and pain. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.