It’s early evening. As I walked into the room, I was greeted by my husband with, “The Beatles shortest song title.” My husband is very good at Jeopardy and crossword puzzles, and he will sometimes quiz me to see if I know the answer. My mind ran through titles in a small attempt to access the right file in my brain. With a smirk, I answered, “What is… Strawberry Fields Forever?” An eye-roll and gentle shake of his head told me I’d not guessed right. “Just tell me,” I pleaded. “Help,” he said. Yeah, I needed some help alright.
“Help” is the Beatles shortest song title and sometimes our best prayer. Asking God for help invites him into our circumstances to shoulder problems with us. In the book “Naked Spirituality” by Brian D. McLaren, he writes, “When we call out for help, we are bound more powerfully to God through our needs and weaknesses, our unfilled hopes and dreams and our anxieties and problems than we ever could have been through our joys, successes and strengths alone. Help is a plea to God and represents a move from self-reliance to God-reliance, and that’s a step in the right direction.”
Through that single, simple cry of “help, ” we can partner with God and turn each challenge into an opportunity for growth.
When we tell God and others that we need help, we aren’t belittling or degrading ourselves, but releasing our difficulties to the one who knows the best path for us to take. We are, in fact, being a friend to ourselves for we are seeking assistance from an all-powerful creator.
As we receive the blessings of peace and comfort that come when a burden is shared, we are then better equipped to help someone else who is going through a difficult time. We all need help to feel more secure and strong. None of us can do it all by ourselves and we weren’t created to. We were created to need our Heavenly Father.
The words of Anne Lamott, author of “Help, Thanks, Wow – 3 Essential Prayers,” simplifies our relationship with God. I am reminded that I can ask for help again with the very same thing even if it’s the 47th time. God never turns us away or becomes frustrated with us.
Lamott writes, “When we think we can do it all ourselves — fix, save, buy, or date a nice solution — it’s hopeless. We’re going to screw things up. Prayer is taking a chance that against all odds and past history, we are loved and chosen, and do not have to get it together before we show up.”
So, let’s be brave enough to ask for help when we need it, trusting God will answer, help us and turn it into something that grows and blooms. Remember, our Heavenly Father is a very good father who responds to his children when we express our need to him and cry out for help. Thank God, we don’t have to have it all together before we go to him! Here’s how King David expressed it in Psalm 18:
But in my distress, I cried out to the Lord;yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary;my cry to him reached his ears. He rescued me from my powerful enemies,from those who hated me and were too strong for me. (Psalm 18:6, 17)
Even if things don’t turn out like we had hoped or if change doesn’t come as quickly as we wanted, we can trust that God never leaves us and works to bring about his best as we learn to follow and obey him. When you need help, ask.
Robin Lewis is a certified life coach helping individuals, groups and churches move into a confident, powerful and fulfilling life. Visit her website at www.RobinLewisLife.com for more information.