Reflecting on the past… present… and future – and praying!

My prayerI don’t know what your past was like… or what you’re facing right now… or the concerns you have about the future!

I thought about those things this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord!” Part of my Bible reading was Psalm 25… It contains a wonderful prayer about those very things!

Just to let you know… I prayed that prayer as I thought back on my past… as I reflected on the things I’m facing right now… and as I prepare to move into whatever the future brings…

Here it is… I recommend making it your prayer today, as well…

“O Lord, I give my life to You!  I trust in You, my God!  Do not let me be disgraced – don’t let my enemies rejoice in my defeat!

“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road I need to follow!  Lead me by your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me.

“All day long I put my hope in you!  Remember O Lord, Your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown for long ages past!

“Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth!  Remember me, instead, in the light of your unfailing love, for You are merciful, O Lord!” (From Psalm 25:1-7 in the New Living Translation)

A wonderful, appropriate prayer, don’t you think?

Psalm 19… What a marvelous Psalm!

Psalm 19 graphicPsalm 19… what a marvelous Psalm! This morning during my Bible reading I was reminded of three things as I read it…
1. Every day – day-by-day and night-by-night – I look up and see God’s glory grandly displayed in the splendor of the heavens!
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork…” (19:1-6)
2. And every morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” (and during other times and opportunities that I have) I am comforted, counseled, confronted, convicted, and cleansed by the marvelous truth of God’s word revealed through Scripture!
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul! The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple! The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple! The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart! The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes! The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever! The rules of the Lord are true and righteous altogether! More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb! Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward!” (19:7-11)
3. All of that – God’s revelation in the heavens and nature, and also God’ revelation through His infallible word – prompt me to cry out from the bottom of my heart often, as I did again this morning…
“Who can discern his own errors? O, declare me innocent from hidden faults! Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sin – let them not have dominion over me! … Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer!” (19:12-14)

Prayer… Appealing to God’s sovereignty

A child asking for something
In my Bible reading this morning I was reminded of a wonderful truth… Although we can’t tell God what to (He is sovereign)… He is also “providential” (“Sovereignty + Love = Providence! … Bartel’s equation) Consequently, He invites us to appeal to His sovereignty through prayer in Jesus’ name! (Think about that!!!)
The Psalmist apparently depended on that truth as he penned the inspired words of Psalm 17! Here is a taste of what He said…
“Oh Lord, hear my plea… Listen to my cry… Pay attention to my prayer! It comes from honest lips! You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart… You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say! I have followed Your commands! … My steps have stayed on Your path; I have not wavered from following You!
“I am praying to You because I know you will answer, O God! Bend down and listen as I pray! Show me Your unfailing love in wonderful ways! … Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of Your wings. Protect me from wicked people… Arise, O Lord! Rescue me!” (This is what I underlined in my Bible from Psalm 17 NLT)
My advice… Pray! He is a loving Heavenly Father… He has invited you to come into His presence in Jesus’ name and appeal to his sovereignty! Here is how the Bible puts it in another place: “Let us come boldly [NOT arrogantly!] to the throne of our gracious God! There we will receive mercy, and will find grace to help us in our time of need!” (Hebrews 4:16)
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