Our God, you deserve praise in Zion, where we keep our promises to you. Everyone will come to you because you answer prayer. Our terrible sins get us down, but you forgive us. You bless your chosen ones, and you invite them to live near you in your temple. We will enjoy your house, the sacred temple. Our God, you save us, and your fearsome deeds answer our prayers for justice! You give hope to people everywhere on earth, even those across the sea. You are strong, and your mighty power put the mountains in place. You silence the roaring waves and the noisy shouts of the nations. People far away marvel at your fearsome deeds, and all who live under the sun celebrate and sing because of you. You take care of the earth and send rain to help the soil grow all kinds of crops. Your rivers never run dry, and you prepare the earth to produce much grain. You water all of its fields and level the lumpy ground. You send showers of rain to soften the soil and help the plants sprout. Wherever your footsteps touch the earth, a rich harvest is gathered.
Psalm 65: 1 - 11
A few years ago I spent some time with a man who had, for most of his life prayed many times a day, but did not know Jesus Christ. I asked him what was the difference in prayer before he became a Jesus follower and after. His answer was amazing. The man said that before he accepted Jesus as his Lord, he prayed often but his prayers were never answered! Then he declared that as a follower of Christ, his prayers are always answered!
If you pray and do not expect an answer to your prayer, then you are confessing your lack of faith in Jesus! It is no wonder that you struggle with keeping your heart pure and your mind focused on the Lord.
But if you pray and expect an answer, then you will begin to live every moment in confidence that Jesus is indeed with you always, even as He promised!
“Lord Jesus, help me today to pray with the calm assurance that You will respond to every request I bring to You! And give me the Peace and Joy that comes with trusting You in everything. May You, Jesus be praised now and forever. Amen.”