Desperate times call for deliberate measures. Psalm 119:145–152 gives us an insight in how best to handle the oppositions that arise in the Christian life. The power of sincere, deliberate and informed prayer is modelled by the psalmist, and we would do well to follow his example.
I cry out with my whole heart;
hear me, O LORD!
I will keep your statutes.
I cry out to you;
save me, and I will keep your testimonies.
I rise before the dawning of the morning,
and cry for help;
I hope in your word.
My eyes are awake through the night watches,
that I may meditate on your word.
Hear my voice according to your lovingkindness;
O LORD, revive me according to your justice.
They draw near who follow after wickedness;
they are far from your law.
You are near, O LORD,
and all your commandments are truth.
Concerning your testimonies,
I have known of old that you have founded them forever.