Daily D – Psalm 20:4-5
May he give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose. Let us shout for victory and lift the banner in the name of our God. May the LORD fulfill all your requests.
PSALM 20:4-5 (CSB)
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13, 14
King David and King Jesus agree on the high value of prayer. They agree that our Father in heaven hears and answers prayer. These prayers are directed toward showing how good God is. These prayers are connected to God’s purpose for our lives.
Someone expressed a well-worn sentiment a few days ago when he said, “Prayer is powerful.” This is not always true. Powerful prayer follows the pattern of David and Jesus. David says, “May he give you what your heart desires.” When we want what God wants and live in alignment and attunement with him, prayer becomes powerful.
When our purpose, our personal mission in life, is directed toward honoring God and serving others, our prayers are powerful. God’s Yes and his Greater Yes after an initial No are connected to shaping our lives into testimonials of his grace, mercy, kindness, and love. God’s Yes and his Greater Yes are connected to overflowing our lives with goodness that transforms all it touches.
A wise man told me recently to pay close attention to the God-honoring desires of my heart. He said God placed them there. He placed them there for me to pursue. He placed them there to guide my daily doings and my personal prayers. How did I get to be sixty years old and never hear this truth summarized in this way? How could I not use this truth to shape the way I pray?
David blesses us when he says, “May the LORD fulfill all your requests.” Jesus takes it from there and says, in effect, “Yes and Amen.” The Message paraphrases John 14:13 and 14 like this: “From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.”
Prayer is a chore for many. For some, it is dedicated work. For all of us, in the light of these truths, it should become an unending delight. This seems to be the heart of what the Apostle Paul means when he says, “Never stop praying.”
Prayer is not a never-ending chore. Prayer is not endless labor. Prayer is opening our hearts to receive more God-honoring passion and Kingdom-building strength. How could we not seek God’s highest and best for the people we encounter and the needs of their hearts and lives? How could we not lift all that we see and do to God in prayer?
Let’s pray like King David. Let’s pray with King Jesus. Let’s shout for victory as we raise the banner of prayer.
I will take Jesus’ path all the way to the home he has prepared for me.
Our Father, you provide everything we need now and forever. What you give is better than what we want. Where you lead is better than anything we desire. Thank you for taking us as your own and welcoming us into your home. Amen.
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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.