“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” (Psa. 63:1-4).
When King David wrote these words, he demonstrated why the Lord considered him to be a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). He wanted to know the Father better and more intimately. He desired God more than anything else…and, as king, he could certainly have had anything he wanted. David’s everyday lifestyle was devoted to the passionate pursuit of God. How would your lifestyle today be different if you were as focused on seeking the Lord as earnestly as David?
O God, You are my God! May I long to seek You every moment of every day of my life. Help me to see You clearly, even in the dry and desperate times. Your love is better than anything I could ever experience in this life and I desire to give You continual praise from the depths of my heart.
–By Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family (Creative Ways to Pray Together) and co-author, Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings)
Praise God, who is majestic in holiness (Ex. 15:11). Give thanks for the privilege of sharing in his holiness (Heb. 12:10). Confess any impure thoughts or actions that remained unconfessed. Commit yourself anew to living the holy life that God has called you to live (1 Thess. 4:7). Ask God to impress upon you the vision of Isaiah: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6:3).
Holiness in life is mocked by much of our modern culture. Pray that this attribute of God will become an abiding characteristic of his kingdom here on earth.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend