Praying Through the Bible #58 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: Psalm 65:1-2: “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.”
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 57 messages in this series.
This is message #58, titled “Looking at Prayer from God’s Perspective”
During the Korean War, certain soldiers had the job of stretching telephone wires across battlefields from forward positions back to the commander. The army used those lines of communication to direct the troops. In this way, the commander could communicate with the troops from all parts of the battlefield and tell them what to do and where to go next. The troops could also call back to the commander to inform him of what was going on on the front lines.
If there were no lines of communication between the commander and his troops, the battle would be lost because the troops would be blind as to the overall strategy they were supposed to employ to defeat their enemy.
In the Christian life, the same communications are absolutely essential for you and I to win the battles we face. Prayer is the way we communicate with God. Without communication with our Commander, we will constantly stumble and make mistakes.
Corrie ten Boom asked the question, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
For too many of us, prayer is seen as our spare tire. It is our last resort — something to use only in emergencies. Something to be used only when we cannot handle things ourselves anymore. However, when we really think about it, we will realize that if God is the great deliverer whom we believe that He is in times of trouble, He is a great deliverer at all times, because God does not change — He is the same today, yesterday, and forever. Prayer should not be an occasional happening in our life; it should be a way of life.
As we consider our passage for today, I want us to look at prayer from God’s point of view. This psalm was written as a praise song for the children of Israel. It begins by giving us a sense of expectation. Why are the people praising God? Why are they gathered together? Verse 2 tells us that it is because of the “One who answers prayer” — the One to whom all flesh shall come.” Let’s look at the implications of this simple verse today.
1. God is a prayer-hearing God. God’s character, God’s nature, is that he is a prayer-hearing God. Verse 2 states, “O thou that hearest prayer…” Just as it is the nature of a tree to produce leaves in the spring and lose its leaves in the fall, it is God’s nature to hear the prayers of His children.
2. God is a prayer-answering God. Just as it is part of God’s nature to hear our prayers, it is a part of God’s nature to answer our prayers. David knows this well. Many of his psalms are praise songs for God’s answering of his prayers. Verse 5 of Psalm 65 reads, “By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation…”
3. God is a God who wants us to pray. You might have wondered why does God want us to pray, anyway? Why did God set up this system of asking and receiving?