I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.
“I call upon you” expresses that David, the writer of this Psalm, had a strong belief in prayer. What, then, is prayer? Prayer is man communicating to God. Communication comes from the word common, therefore communication is making my thought common (the same) as your thought. For example, if I am thinking of a dog, I say the word “dog” and you are now thinking of a dog. We communicated because we are thinking of the same (common) thought.
But why should we pray? The Bible answers that question simply and clearly: because “you (God) will answer”. Many of us pray but we don’t truly believe with all our mind, with all our heart and with all our soul that He truly hears, answers, cares and takes action. Some trust prayer as one trusts a lucky charm like a rabbit foot or a four leaf clover granting you luck. Some trust prayers as a last resort, after all other options have been exhausted. Some pray simply because “it can’t hurt”. David simply understood that our creator hears and answers our prayers.
Should we pray in the morning? Should we pray in the evening? Should we pray before eating? Should we pray when we hit a huge pothole while driving on the life-way? Should we pray when our life-way sends us on a detour? Should we pray when everything is going great and you’re driving down a freshly-paved life-way? The answer to all of the above is YES! 1 Thessalonians 5.17 says; “Pray without ceasing”. Pray always.
If we are to pray without ceasing, how should we pray? Some like to pray in silence. Some like to pray out loud. Some like to write a prayer to God. Some like to type a letter to God. Some like to write a song to God. Some like to say a quick prayer while waiting at a red light. Discover your favorite way(s) to pray. The “how” is not as important as the “when”- without ceasing. Something to think about. Luc
Do you have a question about the Bible? Email Luc
Can the Pine Bluff Church of Christ help you in any way? email us
Want to find out when there is a new blog post? click here
Gain more knowledge from the Bible: For a FREE Bible Correspondence Course, click here