Waking Up Worried
Verses 147-148 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in Your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promises.
We talked yesterday about praying fervently and we follow the psalmist as he continues crying out to the Lord.
There are things other than salvation that we should pray fervently for. Things like health and relationships, justice and government as well as many other things. But though we may pray fervently about these things we need to watch ourselves and make sure that we are praying in alignment with His holy will.
Praying just because it is something that we want, is prayer based on selfishness. While we may want our cancer to be gone sooner rather than later, we can’t think that because we have prayed hard for it and want it, that God is going to give it to us. He knows the big picture and knows what is best for His long-term plans.
That is why the psalmist says that he awaits the Lord’s promises. He knows the need for God’s will to be part of the equation of prayer. Yes, we should be praying hard for things that are on our hearts but we must pray with the knowledge that it isn’t about what we want but what the Lord wants that matters.
Notice that this man of song says he rises before the sun to start his petitions to the Lord. We often wake up with the same issue on our mind that we fell asleep worrying about. He knows that the only way to relieve his mind of this stressful topic is to lay it at the feet of the Father. He could worry all he wants about it but it won’t change anything. Only God can ease that kind of stress. When we find ourselves in a place of great concern that removes our sense of peace there is only one thing to do, go to the throne of God and lay our burdens at His feet because He cares for us (1 Peter 1:7).
Making It Personal
What is it that bothers you that you should be praying about? Do you pray fervently about it? What could God be trying to teach you during this time?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever woke up worried about something? Did you pray about it? How could praying about it help you?
Father, thank You for caring for our needs. Give us hearts that want to share with You the things that are on our heart. Help us remember that You are bigger than any problem that comes our way. In Jesus’ name, amen.