Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Ceaseless Prayer

Our Bible says much about prayer. It informs us about how we are to address God and that we are to pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. We are also directed to pray with and through the guidance of and in the power of the Holy Spirit. In Psalm 88, however, we read that the writer tells us what he does when he prays: “I call to You, O Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to You.” Not a day went by in his life that he literally did not cry out His Lord.

The author reminds us that he is in constant contact with his Lord – Yahweh, He identified Him not as a god who was removed from his life, who lived in a distant location, who may or may not be available when he faced difficult times or wanted to worship Him. Indeed not. His God was a personal, present and powerful God who was always by his side. And, his God was a God who he could speak to as though he was speaking to a friend and companion who was beside him waiting to be involved in a conversation.        

What an impressive picture for us to place deeply in our minds and hearts. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, whatever we are going through, and whatever time it may be – day or night – Yahweh is by our side and we can call upon Him as our friend.

Notice, however, his body language when he prayed: “I spread out my hands to You.” Open hands that were “spread out” because when he prayed he expected God to respond by filling them immediately to meet his need just as any friend would do to a friend in need.

And the psalmist did this every day. Jesus once said, “Give us bread for this day” to remind us of our need to call on Him every day for the needs we have that day!

Prayer:  Father, Give us a “daily faith” – a faith that has “hands spread out,” that we activate constantly, and a faith that believes You hear and answer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Scripture For Today:  Psalm 88:9b I call to you, Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to you.

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