Friday, May 12, 2017

The Secret to Awesome and Effective Prayer Times!!

Psalm 5 New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.

1 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

Here we get another glimpse of why King David was the greatest king in the history of Israel.  He was said to be, "A man after God's own heart."  What was the key for him being a man after God's own heart?  His prayer life.

1. He had a real relationship with God. As we read through the Psalms, many of which are written by King David, we will see him crying out to God frequently. In his prayer time he focuses on the nature and character of God. When David is in trouble he goes right to God and waits on Him to deliver him.

2. He made prayer a priority.  David got up in the morning.  

"Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary to China, had trouble finding time alone with God. He began to wake himself up at 2:00 in the morning and using those quiet hours when everyone else slept to commune with God."

You don't have to get up at 2:00 am in the morning to pray, but you do have to get up and pray.  Making prayer a priority is praying before you do anything else.  Of course that might mean setting your alarm a half hour earlier. 

3. After he prayed, he waited on God patiently and  expectantly.  David cried out to God with his innermost needs and desires for help.  But read the verse, he knows the Lord will answer him in time. In fact he waits for it.  David actually relies on prayer.  Sometimes I wonder if we don't see as many answers to prayer because we don't expect God to answer or wait expectantly on Him.

One final thought.  We see in David's prayer that his focus is on God. Though he acknowledges his circumstances, he is confident when He prays that God will be a shield around him.  How much do you focus on who God is in your daily prayer time?

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