Where Do We Go From Here?

So here we are, the last day of October. The last day of the #write31series. I have mixed feeling about this. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series on Prayer, I hope that you have enjoyed the series too!

As we approach November, I will not be able to write as much. I’ve mentioned before we are expecting our first child mid December, and I want to use the month of November as a month of rest before my baby girl arrives and chaos becomes my new normal!

But before I say goodbye I want to end looking at David’s prayer in Psalm 86:

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
    slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
    show your strength in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
    just as my mother did.
17 Give me a sign of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Now I want to take this Psalm apart and emphasize key points.

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.

In these first five verses Davis shows His dependence on God, loyalty to God and faithfulness to God.

Sometimes in our own prayers we forget this part, we want to jump to the body of the request and skip the introduction of the prayer. What we don’t realize though is that the “introduction” is a necessary part of prayer! David isn’t reminding God of His goodness as a way of trying to manipulate God, but rather prepare and align his own heart to match God’s in this posture of prayer.

Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

Reminding God of His faithfulness reminds us of His faithfulness.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.

David is now extending his praise from what God has done for him to what God has done for the nation.

11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

Asking for what God wants to give us, gives us the opportunity to express how we will advance His kingdom. We ask that He guides us, and then proclaim that we will praise Him and glorify Him.

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
    slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

David is able to see two different perspectives. He has the earthly perspective of being attacked by people, but has the heavenly perspective to know that God is above it all.

Shifting our perspective realigns our heart with God. The enemy wants to keep us focusing on the now and God works to focus us on eternity. 

16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
    show your strength in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
    just as my mother did.
17 Give me a sign of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

How many times have we asked God for signs? When we ask for signs, we need it for confirmation that He is working in our life.  We are asking for a sign so we can see evidence of Him working in our life (when we are lacking faith and need a visual to keep us going!)

Notice David doesn’t ask for a sign to help his own unbelief, but instead to show God’s glory to his enemies.

How different our prayers would be if we prayed for God to reveal himself not for our benefit, but for the benefit of others.

As the final part of this post, I wanted to also include some prayer quotes that didn’t quite fit in to my other posts but are too good not to share:

“The reality is, my prayers don’t change God.  But, I am convinced prayer changes me.  Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.” – Lysa TerKeurst

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom

Where do we go from here?

My prayer for you is that your heart aligns with God as you pray. I pray that you will be bold in your faith and bold in your prayers. I pray that you never let the enemy tear you down and stop you from praying for yourself or others. I pray that you continue to grow closer to God through prayer and your daily walk with God. I pray that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt how much God loves you. Amen.

I want to continue to write as the Spirit leads me, as I really am not sure what that will look like in this new season I am fast approaching… one thing I know for sure (and have been reminded of over and over again) is GOD HAS THIS. I will let him lead me every step of the way.

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Blessings sweet friends!

Stephanie

 

 

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