My second spinal cortisone shot for sciatic pain is tomorrow/Tuesday morning. Please pray for favor with God to deliver me from pain.

And the reason I use that wording, which for some reason, sounds a little weird to me, is because of additional insights from studying Psalm 27. We’ve been talking about “seeking God” as Psalm 27 talks about. I studied it with the NET Bible today and that translation gives a study note that “seeking God means seeking favor through prayer.” So it’s not just a matter of getting to know God more but of bringing our concerns to Him and asking for Him to intervene. That’s reassuring. He wants us, and tells us, as in verses 7-8,
7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
8When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” (NASB)

The NET Bible renders it:

“27:7 Hear me, O Lord, when I cry out!

Have mercy on me and answer me!

27:8 My heart tells me to pray to you,

and I do pray to you, O Lord.

So this is another proof that when we’re asking for God’s intervention, help, and deliverance, we are seeking His face. It’s not just a matter of coming to Him without a desire for His help. At times asking for His help seems selfish. But God says, “Bring it on! Ask me. Seek me. I’m here for you. I care. Cast all your burdens on me and I will sustain you. I’m going to glorify myself through coming through for you!”

Thank you, Lord, I need you! I’m seeking you.