Mary Jane was snuggling down in bed when her mother entered her room.
“Did you pray before getting in bed?”
“Well, kind of,” was her reply.
“Kind of?” asked her Mom. “What does that mean?”
“Well, I started to pray and my list was the same as it was yesterday
and the day before that. So I decided to tell Jesus the story about
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. And you know what, Mom? I think He
The attitude of the Psalmist was very different from Mary Jane’s:
“May my cry come before You, Lord; give me understanding according to
Your Word.” Not only was he intense and sincere, he was passionate and
He did not speak to God in a still, soft voice. On this occasion he
literally “cried” to God requesting a “direct audience.” He wanted his
prayer to go directly to Him!
Obviously, he must have known that there were certain conditions that
he would have to meet. He must have been aware of this. What would
hinder his prayers?
1. Disobedience: We get what we ask for if we are obedient. John
wrote we “receive what we ask for because we keep His commandments.” (1
2. Doubt: When we ask for food, we need to have a container available
to carry it home. “Whatever you ask for, if you believe you will
receive.” (Mark 11:24)
3. Disagreement: We must ask for things that are consistent with His nature. “Ask in my name.” (John 16:32)
God hears our cries if we meet His criteria!
Prayer: Help us, Father, to align our requests with Your requirements and live within Your will for our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:169 May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word.