Praying expectantly

Date: Saturday, September 20

ScripturePsalm 5

VerseLord, in the morning you hear my voice. In the morning I lay it all out before you. Then I wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

WhatYouExpectHave you ever noticed how often we seem to get what we expect? The people who are waiting for the other shoe to drop, for something bad to happen seem to experience exactly that. Then there are those who are always looking for something good to happen, and because of their attitude, that is exactly what they find. To be honest, I’m not sure if the circumstances are different, or if it all comes down to how we view our lives. Do we expect bad things to happen and are surprised when good things do? Or are we confident God is working for good in the world?

Today’s psalm is a pretty rough prayer. Pouring out his frustration before God, the author talks a lot about what God might want to do with his enemies. Some of our prayers aren’t very pretty, are they? But I love verse 3. He says he prays in the morning, “Then I wait expectantly.” Those words challenge me. He doesn’t pray, then hope God acts. Instead, he expects God to enter into his life and act. That kind of expectancy changes the way one lives.

Wow, I want to pray like that. Daniel expected God to act in his life when he prayed in defiance of the King’s order. Honi was expectant the day he knelt in that circle and prayed for rain. They may not have known exactly what God was going to do, but they knew God was alive and active in the world around them. They expected God to answer, and that changed the way they went about their business that day. Prayer shouldn’t be just something we do to offer a wish list to God. Instead, we should live expectantly for God to act on what we pray for. That changes everything.

Prayer: Teach me, Lord Jesus, to live in expectancy of your activity in my life. Amen.

Action: What would it mean to pray expectantly? How might you begin praying that way today?

Respond: Do you agree that we seem to see what we expect in the world around us?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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