How do we know we can count on God to supply our needs? Can we be assured that he will hear and help us when we ask for His assistance? If - and we must take into account the little word if - we meet two important conditions that He has established.
Psalm 145:19 is interpreted correctly in the Living Psalms to read: “He fulfills the desires of those who reverence and trust Him; He hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
Reverence leads to respect and respect to honor. If we honor God and if our requests are in agreement with His nature and character, what we ask for will be consistent with what He intends for us to have. When we ask for lavish and unnecessary things that will not honor Him we only deceive ourselves. Extravagance always makes a mockery of prayer and displays an irreverence to Him.
Years ago, while in college, I had a post office box that could only be opened with the right combination of letters and numbers. When I turned the small dial to the right sequence, the door would open and I could get my mail.
So it is with prayer. When we use the “right combination” of reverence and trust and our requests coincide with His plan and purpose for our lives, the “combination” will “work” and He will grant our requests.
Remember: when “my will” is consistent with “His will” prayers will be answered, God will be honored, lives changed, and His purpose accomplished on earth.
Prayer: Lord, may our lives revere, respect and honor You and our requests be consistent with Your nature. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 145:19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.