Psalm 5:3 “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
Nothing builds confidence like answered prayer.
Knowing that the God of Heaven not only heard you, but answered your prayer, brings an assurance and certain confidence.
My problem is that I do not pray as I should.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Psalm 119:164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”
Please do not misunderstand me…
I have an open and running conversation with my Heavenly Father throughout my day. The type of prayer I am talking about is on my knees, solely focused, with an open ended time to just converse with my Father in Heaven.
To know the sweetness of His presence while alone in my prayer closet is something not easily forgotten. To hear the Holy Spirit’s voice and prompting to pray for someone or something only to find how pointed and specific the request.
To get up from your knees and know, most assuredly, that there is nothing between my soul and the Savior.
David’s dedication to prayer was one of the elements of his relationship with God that made him a ‘man after God’s own heart’. His was a deep searching of his own heart to seek anything that would stand in the way of answered prayer.
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
He was humble in his coming to God. Searching those things he did not know that may have been done unconsciously.
Psalm 19:12-13 “Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.”
His was one of abandonment to God and His Spirit to lead him in prayer.
Prayer is hard work. To stay completely focused, listening, waiting, and allowing God to be the only One we seek, takes energy, desire and a committed heart to accomplish.
This being the Lord’s day, let us purpose to truly pray; to seek His face and desire only His will and His way for our lives.