“Lead Me O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies: make thy way straight before my face” Psalm 5:8
David repeatedly demonstrated the benefit of prayer. Many of the Psalms offer the believer wonderful accounts of how prayer creates fellowship with our Lord. The discipline of prayer helps every believer to express his or her confidence into what God has promised. Our verse today shows humility and adoration to the Godhead. It emulates the words of an old hymn “have thine own way” that resonates in my heart. One can not express a more positive action than that of humility. Humility does not seek satisfaction in the eyes of others; but of the One whom we love (Matthew 18:4; 23:10-12).
Throughout the fifth Psalm are the multiple expressions of humility, love, respect, holiness and confidence that our Lord will sanctify the believer into the path which is always best. It has been commonly stated that the straightest path from one point to the other is a straight line. Likewise our discipline of prayer enables the successful journey to the heart of our Lord. The act of prayer is meant to teach us something. Prayer is an unique form of two-way communication between the Father and those who love Him.
An extension of prayer is meditation upon the Scriptures which permits the Spirit to perform the greater work. We nonchalantly give importance to meditation. We use prayers as a platform to attain our own desires too often; rather then allow God to regenerate and transform our minds (Romans `12:2). Meditation upon the Scriptures establishes hope upon those which perform it. Meditation brings into focus the correct path to maneuver the crisis in one’s life. We are instructed first to seek the kingdom of God and then all things will be added (Matthew 6:33). The greatest benefit of this action is an eternal fellowship beyond this present life.
I present these questions to aid further discussion upon our topic. What are some examples which prayer has taught you something? How did meditation upon Scriptures aid your discipline of prayer? What type of prayers will be present in the midst of God after the believer receives eternal life? I look forward to your responses. Grace and peace always.