“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Our request is how we present our prayer to God. What about our meditation? It’s not just crazy people who talk to themselves. We all do. The question is, “What are we telling ourselves?” You can “void” a perfectly made prayer request by allowing your thoughts to run contrary to it. The psalmist prayed that both the words of his mouth and the meditations of his heart would be acceptable to God. If we are saying one thing and thinking another, we are double-minded— unstable—as James 1:8 says.
We speak out of the abundance of our hearts (see Mt. 12:34), and we are as we think (see Prov. 23:7, KJV). The words of our heart can undo the words of our prayer.
Oh Lord, my Rock and Redeemer, I want the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart to be pleasing in Your sight! Guard my heart against thinking that opposes the words I utter in prayer! Keep me from being a double-minded person, doubting with my mind the very things that I am asking! Help me to be aware whenever I am tempted to doubt Your ability to hear and answer! May what I think and what I say be always in complete agreement so that You are pleased to respond to intercession that comes from a pure heart, filled with trust.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 39, The Secret of Single-Minded Prayer by Eddie Smith). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the infinite God who has no beginning and no end. Thank God that with him all things are possible (Lk. 1:37). Confess any lack of faith concerning God’s ways and works. Commit yourself anew to living obediently before God. Ask him to keep your eyes focused on Jesus.
Pray for justice and righteousness to come to the nations of this world which seek to block the work of the Lord (Ps. 2:1-2). Ask that their rulers will bow to Jesus and begin to serve him (2:10-11; Isa. 60:3).
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.