Wednesday, 4th November 2020
Title: Commit Our Day in Prayer
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Psalm 5: 1 – 3, 7-8 (AKJV)
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
One of the most encouraging principles – for Christians – that comes out of the Book of Psalms is our privilege in prayer. It is truly a remarkable privilege, especially considering the Lord’s holiness. Very often, I still cannot help but wonder in awe, how we who are inherently sinful can bring our prayer to a Mighty God whose nature is holy and perfect that even a hint of sin is incompatible in His presence. We should always be grateful and give thanks in praise that God loves us so much that He opens this path for us into His throne. At the cross, God’s one and only Son, Jesus Christ, offered Himself as the perfect atoning sacrifice to pay for the penalty of sin once and for all. Now we are not only forgiven but also welcomed into God’s family as a result of being born again by the Spirit.
Today, we can come before God and bring forth our petition in prayer. What is the first thing we should bring to God in prayer? Well, we can learn from King David: from the moment he woke up from his sleep, his thoughts turned immediately to God in prayer. Verse 7 tells us that we can come before God in reverence and fear to acknowledge His steadfast love and mercy toward us. Verse 8 reiterates that to pray for God to lead us to walk in His righteousness because we will encounter temptation and challenges in our daily walk with God. King David knew that God would hear his voice and hearken to his cries for help. He knew that the Heavenly Father would hear his pleadings and petitions. That is why, King David enters into the presence of God first thing in the morning, and commits his day to God.
Let us reflect upon the prayer-life of David, who was an excellent example of a man who prayed regularly, faithfully and expectantly, and declared confidently “In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will come into Your Holy Court and entrust my day to You in prayer”.
Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your mercies which are new every morning. We thank You for the privilege given to us to present our petitions to You. Please help us, Oh Lord, to regularly and earnestly come into Your presence when we open our eyes in the morning, to commit our day to You in prayer with joyful expectation, knowing that You are a God Who hears and answers our prayers.
We ask in Jesus’ precious name, AMEN.
【诗篇5: 1-3, 7-8】[和合本]
2 我的王我的 神阿、求你垂听我呼求的声音．因为我向你祈祷。