Praying Through the Bible #43 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: Psalm 5:2-3
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 42 messages in this series.
This is message #43 titled “How Prayer Can Help You Have a Great Day Everyday.”
We do not know the occasion upon which David wrote this psalm. Like so many of his other psalms, it may have been written at a time when he was facing opposition from his enemies. But, this psalm is unique because it gives us an ‘everyday’ view of David’s thoughts. We can imagine the psalmist singing or praying these words on almost any day of his life. And, we want to take a look at these first three verses and see how prayer can help us have a great day everyday.
1. First, notice the Test of Prayer. David says, “Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.” Many people have asked questions such as how can I pray more? Or how can I include prayer in my life more? The answer is simple — just pray; make a decision to pray. That is what we see David doing here. The difference between the people who have daily communion with God and those who don’t is simple: those who choose to pray every day, pray every day, and those who don’t choose to pray every day, don’t pray every day.
2. Second, notice the Time of Prayer. David says in verse 3, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee…” David sets a time when he would pray — early in the morning. He did this because he wanted to honor God at the beginning of his day, and set the right tone for the entire day. Charles Spurgeon said, “This is the fittest time for intercourse with God. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. While the dew is on the grass, let grace drop upon the soul.”
3. Third, notice the Target of Prayer. David says, “…I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” At first glance, the word “direct” may put into our minds the idea of someone taking a bow and aiming their prayer arrows towards Heaven in order to ensure that they hit the mark. But the meaning of the Hebrew word for “direct” actually is “to put in order, or to arrange.” In other words, David is saying that he is going to be intentional about his prayers. He is going to go before God in an orderly fashion.