Ps 13:3-4 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
1 Kings 18:37 “Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.”
David cries out to the Lord, ANSWER ME… and Elijah cries out to the Lord ANSWER ME….
When David cries out, it is to awaken his soul out of slumber that will continue to plummet unless He hears from the Lord, his God. Then his enemy would have overcome him.
When Elijah cries out, it is so that the people would know that He alone is God and that their hearts are already turned back to Him. The people did not know that their faces were turned back to the Lord already because they had walked in idolatry for so long. Elijah was walking in the midst of a thick cloud of unbelief that was darkening and depressing his soul.
Taking counsel within our own soul is stale. Like stale bread. We need the Fresh Manna, but sometimes first, we just need to say “Lord Answer me, lest I sleep the sleep of death…. Lest I walk in the midst of unbelief and it overwhelm my soul… Answer me Lord!”
Father, Answer me Lord. Though You have shown me the path I ought to take, I cannot walk on it unless I know You hear my prayer today, and respond back. Speak to me Lord, for Your servant is listening…
And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 1 Samuel 3:9
He said He will speak…. but we will not be able to hear Him til we get into the position we are called to. Samuel went to get into His place. He took his position and waited to hear from God.