“To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.” Psalm 5:1-2
David was a man of prayer. As we read the beautiful psalms that he wrote, we realize that most of them were prayers that he offered to the Lord. In the many struggles and trials in his life, he constantly called out to the lord for help and strength. He knew that without the Lord to guide him, he could not fulfill the task that had been given him to rule over the nation of Israel.
In verse 3 of this Psalm, we see that prayer was his priority every day. “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Even with all the responsibility that he had; he took time to meet with the Lord.
We all have different schedules to follow, but it is important that we find a time when we can put everything else aside and communicate with the Lord. For some it may be only a short prayer as you rise from your bed, thanking the Lord for keeping you through the night and asking for His guidance and direction for the day. Then throughout the day, your thoughts are constantly reaching out to the Lord as you go about your routines, asking Him for wisdom.
I am sure the Lord doesn’t keep a record of the number of minutes that we spend in prayer. If you are a busy mother with small children, you may have to be very creative to find time to be alone in prayer. But Jesus hears the unspoken prayers that rise from your heart, as you fix meals, do the laundry, change diapers, and give your family the attention they need.
In verse 8, David says: “Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.” We do not face the same enemies that David faced, but there are things that can keep us from spending time in prayer. Prayer requires discipline, and our flesh rebels against that. We can always find something else to do and ignore the still small voice that is calling us to spend time with the Lord.
Whatever our circumstances, having a time and a place where we communicate with the Lord each day is essential if we want our relationship with Him to grow stronger. For most of us, this just means making that part of our “do list” for each day. Whatever time of day works for each of us, we can be assured that the Lord will meet us there.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, it is always a privilege to come to you in prayer, knowing that you hear our every cry and answer our requests. Help us to be consistent in our prayer time.
Devotion by Anne Johnston