by Jan Cox



That’s the cry that escapes my lips when I lift up anything confusing, upsetting or unsettling to God. I find I cry this often – so often that I have made an acronym to remember that I am not crying out an empty plea but that my plea has a focus and a listener.

My acronym is this:

H – Have

E – Everything

L – Lifted in

P – Prayer

We know that in prayer we have a connection to God through our Intercessor Jesus Christ. When we pray we ask through Him for those things that are on our hearts.

I have found that in many situations I don’t have the time or emotional stamina to pray a long time. I need to call for HELP immediately.

When I say the word HELP – I know to whom I am calling. I know He listens and answers. I know He brings the only peace that will sustain me.

Here are some Scripture promises that can go with my HELP prayer.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37 KJV).

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 NIV).

 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NIV).

When you feel you need help – call out H.E.L.P and rest in God’s promises.


Father, thank You for being right here all the time. I know I can cry out to You and You will be here with me. As I cry HELP remind me it is You where I can get my strength and my peace through hard times. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week (I’m up to 177)

  • hot cup of ginger tea first thing in the morning
  • a good night’s sleep
  • a cute smiling baby
  • John 3:16
  • The Lord is my Shepherd – I sang it driving home
  • the various shades of green this spring
  • beautiful boat ride
  • chance to go on a mission trip (3rd time) to Poland
  • the sound of thunder – reminds me of the power of God
  • hubby who grocery shops with a list
  • my washing machine (no by hand or wringer washer)


Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.