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“He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer” (Psalm 102:17).

Our God is not only hearing our prayers, but He also answers them. The Psalmist has named God beautifully saying, “…who hear prayer” (Psalm 65:2). Even today, God remains as one to hear your prayer. The Scripture says “He shall regard the prayer of the destitute And shall not despise their prayer” (Psalm 102:17).

Who are these destitute? The English dictionary gives several meanings like orphans, poor, lonely people and so on. But, in the Scripture, this word does not mean the poor alone but covers many people. Even the kings and princes will come into this category if they are in a helpless condition needing consolation.

In the Scripture, have a look at King Jehoshaphat. Huge problems and tribulations came to him in his life. A big army incomparable to his simple strength came against him. At that situation, he cried like a destitute, to God saying, “O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (II Chronicles 20:12).

In the year 2015, there was a big flood in Chennai city, and manypeople were affected greatly. All of a sudden, they turned destitute. Even the millionaires were unable to withdraw money from the bank or the ATMs. Though they had costly high-end mobile phones in their hands, they were of no use.

Even their famous Benz cars got immersed in water. They could not get food and meet their basic needs and became helpless. Natural calamities come unexpectedly, and the situations change. Whoever it may be, they naturally become helpless in such situations.

Dear children of God, when you have to cross such helpless paths, call upon God. He will surely help you. He will elevate you from that helpless situation and bless you.

To meditate: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).

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