May 4, 2017
Read: Psalm 102:1–17
Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 16–18; Luke 22:47–71
He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.—Psalm 102:17
I read about a five-minute rule that a mother had for her children. They had to be ready for school and gather together five minutes before it was time to leave each day.
They would gather around Mom, and she would pray for each one by name, asking for the Lord’s blessing on their day. Then she’d give them a kiss and off they’d run. Even neighborhood kids would be included in the prayer circle if they happened to stop by. One of the children said many years later that she learned from this experience how crucial prayer is to her day.
The writer of Psalm 102 knew the importance of prayer. This psalm is labeled, “A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.” He cried out, “Hear my prayer, Lord; . . . when I call, answer me quickly” (vv. 1-2). God looks down “from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he [views] the earth” (v. 19).
God cares for you and wants to hear from you. Whether you follow the five-minute rule asking for blessings on the day, or need to spend more time crying out to Him in deep distress, talk to the Lord each day. Your example may have a big impact on your family or someone close to you. —Anne Cetas
Teach me to be aware of Your presence, Lord, and to talk to You freely and often.
Read Jesus’ Blueprint for Prayer at discoveryseries.org/hj891.
Prayer is an acknowledgment of our need for God.
INSIGHT: Our Father welcomes us into His presence in prayer, but we also have the encouraging record of Jesus Himself praying for us! As the Teacher moved ever closer to the cross, Jesus prayed for His followers who walked with Him and all (including us) who would later come to Him (John 17:20). And when we pray, the Holy Spirit helps us align our prayers with the Father’s purposes (Rom. 8:26-27). Bill Crowder
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