In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. Psalm 5:3 (NASB)
I can almost picture David in His vast palace with a myriad of servants, arrayed in his kingly garments on his throne with a scribe beside him recording these words.
David had the trifecta: power, fame, and fortune.
One of my favorite things about him, though, is he recognized who he was in light of who God is. There he was with a vast kingdom and ultimate authority, but he perceived that all he had was granted to him from the only true King. He says that he "ordered" his prayers. In Hebrew, it means he "prepared" them.
Do I do that? Do I prepare my heart as I go into God's presence? Do I humble myself to His will or do I rush in thinking I am deserving? Do I treat Him like a servant instead of a master? More often than not, I causally pray as though God should mold Himself to my will. I fail to realize that I'm speaking to the Creator, Holy, Mighty God. Truly, I don't even deserve a second glance from Him. He doesn't need me, and there is not one thing I can offer that could measure up to His acknowledgement that He is the great I AM.
When I finally grasp the depths of these concepts, I am overcome with emotion. Feelings whirl around inside of me and I am left sensing the awe of the presence of a God that calls me worth it! He says I was the joy set before Him to endure the cross. He loved me enough to clothe me with His righteousness! HE HEARS ME! He has given me the opportunity to be a priest that serves Him, someone that carries my prayers into the Holy of Holies and present them as gifts before the Lamb that was slain. HE SEES ME! What a sweet gift to spend time in His presence. I love who He is and I love who I am when I am with Him.
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Do you go to prayer casually? Do you treat God like your master? Practice humbling yourself before Him before you pray by recalling His characteristics.
Oh God, open my eyes to Your greatness. Help me to remember who I am and how You made a way for me to pray directly to You by Jesus' sacrifice. Forgive me of ungratefulness and pride. Help there to be less of me and more of You. Amen.
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