Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:1-3 (NIV)
Do you believe that I will hear you? Do you know that I will answer your prayers? Yes, I believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. Do you have any doubts about my statement? I don’t doubt your statement. I do have a question about your statement. Go ahead, I’m listening. If you believe that I will hear and answer your prayer requests why don’t you lay more of them before me? That is a very good question, for which, I have no good answer. Let me hear your less than good answers. It will be helpful for you to uncover and expose reasons why you don’t lay all your needs before me. Why is that? Uncovering and exposing your less than good reasons for not praying to me will be a first step toward eliminating them from your life. Alright, here goes. I’m not proud to admit that sometimes, I think I can handle my problems by myself, without your help. So, you are sometimes self-reliant? Yes, that’s it. What do you think about your being self-reliant? It’s not good. I’m sure that my self-reliance is rooted in my being proud. How so? I must think that I can and should be able to handle my problems by myself. How has that worked out for you? Relying on myself has not brought about good results. I have made foolish mistakes. I have taken dumb missteps. I have sinned against you by going and doing what was not your will. I really do need your help. Yes, you do, and I am ready to hear your prayers and give you my help. For that I am thankful and grateful. Name another reason why you haven’t laid your prayer requests for me. In times past, I have not set aside a specific time and place to meet with you in prayer. Why is that a problem? How is that a hindrance? Life is busy. Life is noisy. Life is distracting. If I don’t have a set time and place to meet with you in prayer, it likely will not happen. A day without prayer can become week, a week can become a month, a month can become a year, and a year could become a life without prayer. That I don’t want. That will not happen to me. Why is that? Now, I have set a time and place to meet with you in prayer. Yes, and that is very good. What do you now need to learn as you draw near to me in prayer? I now need to pour my heart out to you in prayer. I now need to hold nothing back when I am praying to you. I now need to know that no prayer is too small or too large to pray to you. You will delight in hearing all my prayers. Yes, I will. Keep on meeting with me. Keep on pouring your heart out to me. Keep on laying all your prayers before me. Yes, I will. That will be very good. I will hear you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will lay my requests before you in the morning. I will rely on your help and protection. Be my refuge. Shield me from attacks. Hear my voice as I cry out to you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayers. I will wait before you in expectation. Amen
Key Question… How are you making it your ongoing practice to lay your prayer requests before the Lord?
Living It Out… Make it your daily practice to lay your prayer requests before the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will hear and answer your prayers as you lay them before you.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group what prayer requests you are laying before the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you lay your requests before the Lord because He will hear your prayers.
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