On this 2015 Independence Day weekend let us remember to pray. As Christians we pray not only for ourselves but for those around us. We need to pray in our personal trouble times as well as times our nation is in trouble. My thought today is that God receives our prayers.
In this Psalms David is in great distress because of his enemies. If we study the life of David we will see that he had developed a dependence on God in times of distress. David also had great confidence that God would first, hear him, and then, that He would receive his prayers. Often people look at prayer as just words said in private, or maybe just in your thoughts. But David talks of tears and deep communion with God.
The word receive in this scripture is defined in the original language as something “captured, seized, fetched, to go and get, or take”. If we live right, God will actually take our prayers in his hand, he will come from on high and go get them, to take care of them. Often our children ask us for things (and as certain holidays seasons come or even their birthday, there is certainly more begging) and in order to remember them, we write it down. As a parent, that is our way of making sure those requests are a taken care of. We take those concerns into our own hands, only because it is in our power to grant their needs or wants. We are their source of receiving. “Mom, I want a bike”, “Dad, I need $10 by Friday for school”. We may not be able to supply that need, at that moment, but wetake it in hand we write it down in our thoughts for future action.
When I am an obedient child of God, he will take my prayers in hand, write them down, and at his own time, take care of those needs.
If I cannot pray with deep assurance that God will answer, then I need to find what may be breaking my communion with him.
Here’s a clue,
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (St. John 15:7)
Today is a beautiful day because I know God has written down my needs.