Wednesday, January 15
Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. 2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
What’s your prayer pattern? Do you set aside a set amount of time every day, or does prayer come in short bursts throughout your day, as circumstances arise? I think either or even both are good. I like the words in this psalm saying that we may pray expecting God to answer. Morning is a good time to pray because then we have the whole rest of the day to see God at work and anticipate what God is going to do.
Prayer in the morning sets the tone for the day; it enables us to cultivate a different attitude from we might have without prayer. I may pray for patience, then wait to see situations where God is going to give me opportunities to practice patience. Prayer allows me to draw near to the Lord.
God may lead you to desire a longer time for prayer and develop a special awareness of the power of prayer. If you have ever seen the movie “War Room”, a mom learns to spend meaningful time with God in a prayer room, where she posts prayer requests on the walls. Her prayers come to influence first her daughter and then her husband, as they draw closer to God and one another through prayer.
You may not have a prayer room or even a set prayer time, but have a good attitude for prayer which is one of expectation. We may be confident that God hears us and answers us, according to his will made known in our savior, Jesus Christ.
Lead me, Lord. Lead me in your righteousness. Set your face before me in all that I do. Let me pray with joy and anticipation, for your love is bigger than anything we could imagine. Let me wait for you and know that you are there. Amen.