Have you ever sat down to pray and found yourself at a loss for words? For those of you who know me, it may seem impossible that I would ever be at a loss for words. However, there are definitely times when I sit down to pray and find myself with not much to say or not able to find the right words to say.
Sometimes this is because we find ourselves overwhelmed with our circumstances and sometimes it is because our prayer life has become dull. Whatever the case, the Word of God is a great place to find the words. Parts of Psalm 69 came up in both my Bible study this week and again at church. There were a couple of verses that really struck me.
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
What struck me was how simple and powerful these words were and how I could use the words of the psalmist as my own prayer to God. This verse emphasizes that our prayer is to the Lord directly. It acknowledges the sovereignty of God by putting the timing of His answer to our prayer in His hands. It is a beautiful reminder of His steadfast love for us and his faithfulness. God is faithful even when we are not.
Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
This particular verse wasn’t part of what I read in Bible study or what was read in church but as I was following along with the reading in church, my eyes were drawn down a few verses to this verse. I love it when I open the Word of God for myself during church and what God has for me is just above or below what we are reading that day. It is one of the reasons I think it is so important for us to follow along with readings in our own Bibles even if the verses are being read aloud or displayed on a screen.
This verse along with verse 13 make such a powerful prayer. It is crying out to the Lord by acknowledging not only how good His love for us is but reminding us of the steadfastness of His love. It is asking the Lord to turn His attention to us so we can experience His mercy. Notice how His mercy is described – abundant. His mercies are new each day.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
If you find yourself at a loss for words or feel your prayer time has become a little dull, open His Word and use it to pray. There is tremendous power in His Word. Maybe it is just the power you need to tap into today.
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
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