‘Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.’ Psalm 143.1
At times, most of us wonder whether God will answer our prayers, particularly if it is about something dear to our heart. We tend to think that it depends on the sincerity of our prayers and how God feels about our request.
However, the author of this psalm viewed it differently. He recognised that the request was not judged by the quality of the prayer itself, but rather by the character of the one to whom he was praying. This is the value of beginning every time of prayer by focussing on the presence of God and our relationship with him, rather than simply rushing straight in with our prayers and requests.
What is the main issue you want to bring to God today? Take a moment to remember that you are coming into the presence of the living God, the one whom the Bible reveals as loving, faithful, gentle, kind and who is also powerful beyond description. When you pray, you are speaking to this living God, and not just saying prayers. Turn to him now, spend time with him and only then bring your prayers to him.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission