The Morning Watch – Part 4

Friday, March 29, 2019
“…in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3 NIV)
Whatever is on your heart, tell God about it when you begin your day, each and every day.  Talk to him with confidence, as the Psalmist David did when he laid his requests before God and waited expectantly for him to answer.  Say, “Heavenly, Father, hear me today!  I praise you, I love you!  I bring my care and my concerns and my requests to you, and I wait on you with blessed anticipation!”

Do you think the Lord won’t hear you?  You may say, “Well, I’m just not in the place I need to be.”  What father turns away his child because he’s been disobedient?  No father or mother would do that.  In fact, a parent gives even more love to a child when they’ve messed up.  They have mercy on them.  Moreover, we have the promise from Scripture that “if we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).  So don’t let the enemy of our souls sell you a bill of goods to keep you from the morning watch—from going before God and saying, “Lord, this is what’s on my heart today.”

Prayer is not supposed to be about throwing some religious verbiage up in the air and hoping it sticks.  Rather, it’s “Father, thank you for hearing me.  I know you’re going to help me today.  I’m going to see what you’re going to do about what we talked about today.”  Do that, and, like David, you’ll begin to experience peace and joy and guidance and blessings that you’ve never known before.

Perhaps you’re thinking, “This is for me today.  I’m carrying a burden, and it’s too heavy for me.”  If so, we’re going to make a covenant with the Lord today, by his grace.

Let’s pray together:  “Father, we ask you today to take these words in Scripture and put them in our hearts, that we might imitate David; that we might imitate those who imitate Jesus.  Oh, Lord Jesus, when you were here on earth, you got up to pray, you brought your needs before the Father, you looked up with expectancy, you walked with confidence and peace and spiritual equilibrium, because you had spent time with the Father.  Nothing could rattle you; and we want that same peace and stability.  We want to start out each day with you, laying out our needs—both the light things and the hard things.  You know what each of us needs.  You know about that heavy thing that is breaking our hearts and weighing us down.  Make a way out of no way.  Break wrong habits in our lives, in Jesus’ name, and instill in us godly habits by your grace.  We are looking forward to today, to tomorrow.  We are looking forward to the great things you’re going to do.  We’re looking up, not looking down, for the best is yet to come in all our lives!  We pray in Jesus' precious name, Amen!"

Read Psalm 5:1-12; Mark 11:22-24.  

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