In the morning

Psalms 5:3 – My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord: in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

 

Prayer is something that is often neglected by Christians. That is an unfortunate thing, as prayer is our channel of communication with God. We read much in the scriptures about prayer. We know that we should always be in an attitude of prayer, to pray without ceasing. The disciples of the Lord asked Him to teach them how to pray, and He gave them the Lord’s prayer, or probably better put – The Model Prayer. He gave them a model after which to pattern their prayers. They weren’t supposed to just pray those words.

Here, the Psalmist gives three things that should help us in our prayer lives. First, when to pray. What a wonderful thing it would be if we took a few moments at that start of the day, before the pressures and distractions of this life come, to spend time with God. We should make it a pattern, when we first arise, to come to the Lord and fellowship with Him in prayer. How much better would our day be, if we started it with God?

Second, our prayers must be directed to God. How obvious that seems, but how often it is neglected. The key word here is direct. I will direct my prayers to God. I will focus my prayers towards God. I will aim my prayer at God. Prayer should not be rambling but taken seriously. It is an awesome thing to enter into the presence of the Living God. We ought to be serious in our prayer life. We ought to have some specific requests. Of course there are times when we don’t know what to do, when we just throw ourselves down at the throne of grace, but most of the time, we should be specific in our prayers.

Third, we should expect results. The Psalmist said that he “will look up”. We ought to have an attitude of expectation when we pray. If we are careful in our request, and ask according to God’s will, then God will answer our prayers. Perhaps not exactly as we expect, but He will answer them. This is not to be a “name it and claim it” type of attitude. But it is an attitude of knowing that a loving Father wants what is best for His children.