Praying Through the Bible #44 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: Psalm 5:4-8
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 43 messages in this series.
This is message #44 titled “How Prayer Can Help You Have a Great Day Every Day – Part 2.”
On last week, we looked at David’s commitment to prayer from the first three verses of Psalm 5. Last week, we found that in order for prayer to help us have a great day every day, we must do three things: (1) We must simply choose to pray everyday; (2) We must pray at the beginning of the day; (3) We must be specific and orderly in our prayers. Today, I want us to look at three more things we need to understand in order for prayer to help us have a great day everyday from Psalm 5:4-8.
1. The first way that prayer can help you have a great day every day is to understand the holiness of God. In verse 4, David says, “thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee…” David prays to God from a position of understanding the nature and character of God. David knows that God hates evil; he says, “thou hatest all workers of iniquity.” Therefore, he knows that it would be foolish to come to God in prayer if he has sin in his life.
2. The second way that prayer can help you have a great day every day is to come before God humbly. In verse 7 of this psalm, David says, “I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” When David goes to God in worship or in prayer, he does not place his confidence that his prayer will be heard or accepted in himself. His confidence is in the mercy and grace of God. The Hebrew word for “mercy” also means “goodness, kindness, or faithfulness.” We can know that our prayers will be heard and answered not because of our own goodness, but because of God’s goodness. And, for that reason, we ought to come humbly before God knowing that whatever we receive, will be of His good will.
3. The third way that prayer can help you have a great day every day is to let God help direct our day. In verse 8, David prays, “Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.” This verse reflects David’s continued reliance on God. He needs God to lead him and to pave the way for Him throughout his day.