Friday, November 3
SCRIPTURE: “Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.” -Psalm 5:1-4
OBSERVATION: God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer is to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. Sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David’s enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.
PRAYER: Our Father we pray as David prayed, early in the morning, David declaring his loyalty to You just as we must declare that same loyalty to You as we pray for our city. We, like David, express our concern about the sinfulness that grips our community and pray that You would not only deliver our city but we all would be conformed to the image of Your dear Son, Amen.