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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What do you expect when you pray?

Psalm 5:1-12 NIV

Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence.  You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies.  The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord , detest. But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, Lord , in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me.  Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice.  Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies. Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.  Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, Lord , you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

I have spent the day meditating on this passage. I realize that too often when I pray I don't wait expectantly throughout the day for the Lord's answer. I do expect that God hears my cries and that he is at work answering my prayers. I believe that God cares and will lead me. Yet, if I am honest, I too often offer my prayers and fail to seek to see God answer with the expectancy that the psalmist speaks of. I will worry. I will look for what I can do. I need to just wait expecting God's favor. Love today. In Christ's love and mine, Doug

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