Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 79 through 82
Do you struggle in knowing how to pray?
Do you question the discipline of prayer when your prayers aren’t answered?
Then I would encourage you to read Psalm 79 out loud.
As you read this imagine Asaph as a mediator between the Israelites and God. His way of talking to God in this psalm reminds me of Moses.
Asaph gives God the gory details of everything that is going on in “His” (God’s) land. It’s the same old story: complaint, prayer, and promise to be good next time (Does this sound familiar?)
But in verse nine it takes an interesting turn. Here’s the prayer we can learn from Asaph—
Help us, O God of our salvation!
Help us for the glory of your name.
Save us and forgive our sins
For the honor of Your Name.
What could happen–
the only thing we cared about was making sure our life glorified and honored the name of Jesus?
I know Asaph wanted God to go in and kill their enemies, so his motive may not have been entirely pure, but there’s still a lesson for us to learn.
This life is not about our glory.
It’s not about our leaders’ glory.
It’s not about our country’s glory.
It’s about pointing EVERYTHING and EVERYONE to Jesus so that He receives the glory and the honor.
What if our prayers sounded something like this…
- when we prayed for finances– we prayed for God to intervene so that He would receive glory and honor
- when we prayed for a spouse– we prayed for God to divinely place us with the person in whom He could get the most glory
- when we prayed for a career change– we believed God for His Glory and Honor to be noticed is His career choice for us
- when we prayed for our healing –we first asked God what we needed to do to facilitate the healing process and then we asked him to intervene in our health in a way that would bring His Kingdom the most glory
Friends, make no mistake, I am not here yet!
But I want to be; I’m moving toward this goal by “Knowing Him More.”
The bottom line:
If every prayer we prayed asked God to work the circumstances so that He received the glory and the honor, ALL of our prayers would be answered!
To God Be The Glory!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 83; 1 Chronicles 29:23-25; 2 Chronicles 1:1; 1 Kings 2: 13 through 3:4; 2 Chronicles 1: 2-6; 1 Kings 3: 5-15; 2 Chronicles 1:7-13