A Believer’s Prayer (Part 1)

In Psalm 56, we see a prayer of David.  When I read it, I see a prayer to God from a true believer in God.  Many people today find themselves in some tough situations, as David did, and will try to get in touch with God through prayer.  However, they will not pray out of belief, but out of desperation.  While God will hear us in our despair, we must approach Him with a heart of belief.  As I read through this Psalm, I find some truths about a true believer’s prayer.  I will be sharing these over the next few days. 

First, I see the problems of the believer.  “Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.” (Psalm 56:2, 5)  Christians are not immune to problems.  Therefore, our prayers should include the difficult circumstances that we face.  This is not to complain about our problems, but to get God involved in our problems. 

Most of us have never seen anything in our lifetimes that comes close to what we are facing now with the Covid-19 pandemic.  It is understandable and expected, as believers, that we go to God in prayer.  God wants us to bring our problems to Him.  However, let’s be sure that we do not run to God out of panic, fear, or desperation.  God tells us many times in His Word to “fear not.”  Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”  Here is a challenge for today.  Take your problems to God, and then leave them there.  Then, go and enjoy the day that God has given you.
Seth Robinson

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