Day 3

A Prayer for When God Seems Silent

from the reading plan

Psalm 77:1-20

Have you ever had to rely on your memory for something important? Like, really important. I’m not talking about remembering to pick up milk at the grocery store on the way home from work or the date of your wedding anniversary. We are told over and over in Scripture that when we intentionally set our minds on what God has done for us, our act of remembering helps grows our dependence on Him. 

In Psalm 77, the psalmist writes about his confidence in the past works of God in a critical time in which God seems silent. He writes: “I will remember the LORD’s works; yes, I will remember your ancient wonders. I will reflect on all you have done and meditate on your actions” (vv.11–12). In times of crisis, when it feels as if our prayers are hitting the ceiling instead of the ears of God, our memories are some of our strongest weapons against the haunts of discouragement and despair. 

The Israelites forgot. God led them out of bondage in Egypt with plagues and miracles, but when they didn’t like the food God rained down from the sky, they whined and wandered. 

David forgot. He sinfully took a woman who was not his wife, despite the wonders God had already accomplished through his life and works. 

Peter forgot. He denied knowing Jesus immediately following His arrest, even after knowing his Savior face to face.

When we are in our darkest valleys, it sometimes feels like God is silent. But when we struggle to hear the voice and feel the presence of God, we must remember what He has done for us, particularly what He has done for us as Christ. This is one reason why reading Scripture is so important. If we rarely engage God’s Word, it is difficult to find comfort in His promises or His past work on our behalf.

Amidst the perceived silence of God, we are prone to forget. But in Psalm 77, we are reminded of the importance of remembering God’s works in both eternity past and in our own past. When it feels like God is silent, we resist the temptation to forge our own paths and forget the narrow way that has already been set before us (Matthew 7:13–14).

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2 thoughts on "A Prayer for When God Seems Silent"

  1. Jray says:

    How prone I am to forget all that God has done for me. Thanks Chris for this great reminder to look to the Word and remember all God’s goodness.

  2. Stephen says:

    Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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