July 8, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 28

The Person of God Seeks To Be Heard By God

Do you desire to be heard by God? Have you ever thought of prayer as a reflection of your heart for God? Think about your prayer life: do you have one? Is it growing, vibrant, and alive? Or is it old and dusty? What we see in this passage today is a comparison between a person who loves and follows God and one who doesn’t.

The One Who Loves God

To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary. (v. 1-2)

The Evil One

Because they do not regard the works of the Lord or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more. (v. 5)

After looking at these verses, which “person” more accurately reflects your life? Would someone label you as a “practical atheist” by the way you pray? What do you think is keeping you from praying like someone who desires to be heard by God? More likely than not, you are holding on to an area that you believe you can have control over in your life. My prayer is that the cry of our hearts would be that of David in verse 7:

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Church, we must not place our trust in anything but God. This does not come naturally to us. I challenge you to take a few moments to focus on God and nothing else. To allow Him time to remind you of who you truly are, and who He truly is.

By: Graham Withers

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “July 8, 2016”

  1. I love the honesty of this particular Psalm. It’s one I’ll have to remember to reflect on on those days when it feels like my prayers are disappearing into the void…

  2. If you’ve been reading the news today and yesterday, then you might receive verses 4-5 as a stiff dose of much needed medicine where David is pleading for divine justice upon the wicked, those who destroy God’s works. As I consider how to pray like this, remember that David first pleaded with God to set him apart from the wicked and then ended with praise: He is my strength (7a), He is my shield (7a), He is my song (7b), He is my salvation (8b), and He is my shepherd (9b).

    When believers feel they are so weak that they can advance no further in God’s will, the Lord is an ever-present Shepherd who carries forward even the weakest of His sheep, saving them from harm.

    “Never was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have a longer voyage than others, but then they return with their richer lading at last, so that the praying soul is a gainer by waiting for an answer.” – William Gurnall

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

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