The Morning Watch – Part 3
“… In the morning I lay my requests before you…” (Psalm 5:3b NIV)
In the Psalms, we see the effective and fervent prayers of David, who prayed with urgency and who prayed daily before doing anything else or speaking with anyone else. Then—and this is all-important—he looked to God in earnest expectation that the Lord would answer. David was saying, “Every single morning, I’m going to get alone and pray from my heart; and then I’m going to expect God to answer the requests I've brought before him. I’m going to look up and see what God will say to me.” How few of us do that; but it’s exactly what Jesus told us when he said, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Can’t we do that? I enjoin you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t you want everything he has for you? Don’t you want blessings and power and peace and joy? Don’t you want to discover callings and gifts that you don’t even know are on your life? They’re going to come by this kind of practice we see in David.
We have to come before the Lord and think about what we are facing. Sometimes there’s no emergency, but we need to lay before him what’s going on that day, because we’re going to encounter different people and different situations every single day. Do you need traveling mercies? Are you going on an interview? Do you have to make decisions? Are you having trouble getting along with a difficult coworker? Are you concerned about changing jobs? Have you lost your job?
In short, what are the things that are affecting you? You’ve got to take time and survey the land without rushing through some mechanical prayer. Wait… Take time… Talk to him—about your children, about your grandchildren, about the people who are on your heart. Are you concerned about somebody you know is in trouble? Do you have a family member that’s sick? Do you have a wayward child or spouse?
Just get quiet, survey your life, and then start talking to the Lord and bring everything to him. And if you don’t have anything to say, then just be quiet and wait. He might bring something to your remembrance.
To be continued…