Psalm 100 begins with an attitude. A disposition. A spirit with which one approaches Almighty God. “shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs” (vv. 1-2). Hard to miss the theme of these opening verses. Joy! When the psalmist began to pray his heart would swell with delight.
Would you describe yourself as joyful when you enter God’s presence? I can think of other words that would characterize how I often feel when I launch into prayer: tired, dutiful, distracted, needy, guilty, rushed, stressed. Not joyful. In fact, I frequently find myself borrowing the words of Psalm 51:12 as I address God: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.”
–Adapted from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem.
Forgive me, Lord, for snacking on the excitement of the world so much that I am no longer hungry for You. My appetite is often satisfied with other distractions and entertainment rather than a desire to delight in you. Help me to fast from the “bite sized joys” that don’t last so that I can feast upon the delight of spending time with You.
Praise God as the one whose arm is “not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear” (Isa. 59:1). Thank God for the promise to hear you when you come to him in prayer. Confess any sin which may result in his not hearing your prayers (59:2). If you are struggling in this area, commit yourself to regular, daily times of prayer and fellowship with God. Ask him to draw close to you as you fellowship with him.
God has long arms when it comes to salvation. No one is beyond his reach. Thank him for that truth and pray for one unsaved person you know.
“Ministry without prayer becomes work in the power of the flesh. Prayer without ministry is complacent Christianity.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend