“Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” (Psalm? ?5:1-3)
We all encounter moments in our lives that are difficult, painful and hopeless. In these difficult moments our prayers must become urgent, persistent, and expectant. Tim Keller in his book, Prayer, states “prayer is both awe and intimacy, struggle and reality.” In the midst of struggle and reality we get to experience the awe and the intimacy of God. David understood struggle and reality. His prayers were filled with urgency. In the midst of our trials we must have an urgency knowing that God will hear us.
David is persistent in his prayers. He states that “in the morning you hear my voice.” From one day to the next he continues with his urgent pleas before God. Too often we give up in our prayers and begin to take matters into our own hands. We pray and rather than wait on God, we jump to action. We begin to believe that God does not hear us, it is in these moments of doubt that we must become persistent, we must rest on the assurance that God hears our prayers and responds according to His will.
David is expectant in his prayers. He prepares a sacrifice and then waits. He watches, waiting on God to respond. Waiting on God is to trust that He is a God who diligently rewards those who seek Him. It is to trust that no matter the answer to our prayers, God knows what is best for us and what we need. According to Westminster Shorter Catechism: “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.” When we enter prayer with urgency, persistence, and expectations we can rest in the assurance that God will hear our prayers and we will experience awe and intimacy.
Question: In what ways can you grow in trusting God as you wait for His response to your prayers?
Challenge: Take time and pray through Psalm 103 with urgency, persistent, and expectation.
Prayer: Father as we lift our prayers to you, we give you thanks because you hear our hearts and know exactly what we need. Even in those desperate and difficult times your Spirit fills us and comforts us. Let us be reminded of our identity in Christ as we wait in hope for answered prayers.
Alex Diaz, Chapel Leader -- Arizona Diamonbacks