David provides one of the best examples of intimacy with God in prayer. In spite of his sins and problems, David longed for intimacy with the Lord. Feel David’s passion in this psalm:
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
My soul thirsts for you, My body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name
I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I stay close to you; your right hand upholds me.”
David cries out for God, expressing his desire for intimacy with him. Could it be that we are not intimate with God because we don’t want to be? Have we never gotten thirsty enough to desire him and him alone? Are our lives so saturated with things and activities that we have never really missed being alone with God? Perhaps our prayer needs to be, “God, create a longing within me for You! Make me thirsty for the living water that is in You.”
–Adapted from the article Prayer as Intimacy with God by Dave Butts. Click on the title to read the rest of the article.
Today, slowly read through Psalm 63:1-8 again and consider what it means for your own life. Then, pray it back to God as your personal prayer!
Praise the most high God, whose kingdom is eternal and who is sovereign over all the earth (Dan. 4:2-3, 17). Thank God for being your Lord, as well as your Savior. Confess any pockets of resistance to his rule in your life. Commit your full and lifelong allegiance to the Lord. Ask him to use you in extending his rule.
Pray that your family will be God’s loyal subjects in his kingdom. Pray that “the footprints that we leave will lead them to believe, and the lives we live inspire them to obey.”
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on title for more information about this resource).