“In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3
Psalm 5 is a Psalm of David. Here David lays the groundwork for effective prayer to God. It can be done any time of the day or night, but it should be first done when you awaken in the morning, fresh from a night’s rest. You are the most rested and alert. What else could possibly be more important than communing with the Most High God?
I know that once my feet hit the floor my mind is already whirling with the things I must do before leaving for work. I think most people are the same. Our lives have become more complicated as the years go by. Carving out time to spend with the Lord has become a daily challenge. It’s a habit that needs to be formed in our hearts and minds. We must take baby steps and not get discouraged when we fail. Our relationship with the Lord is progressive and can take years to fully form. Even then we never completely arrive. There is always something new to learn.
David reveals a key to his prayer life. He lays his requests before the Lord and expects an answer. We do not always hear what we want to hear, but the important thing is that we patiently wait for the answer to come. The more focused we are on God the more we will recognize His answer when it comes. Expecting to hear from God is an exercise of faith and trust. We should know without any hesitation or doubt that an answer is coming.
We don’t speak to God for His benefit, but rather for ours. Seeking God will boost our faith, because invariably we will see signs of His answer and that will open our eyes to His power and might, along with His grace and mercy. God will answer at the proper time and in the perfect way to meet our need. What a blessing to know that God is watching and always have the exact answer we need. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Matthew Henry Commentary on the entire Bible; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David.