I can relate to the psalmist this morning when he says…
“I lie in the dust; revive me by your word (vv.25, NLT).”
My anxiety-filled heart leaves me lying in the gutter (or dust). It appears throughout Scripture that David knew what that was like. He had opposition within and on the outside. But David doesn’t just lie there. He doesn’t dwell on his circumstances. He does something else, instead.
While his mortal body clings to the ground, David clung to the Most High God. In our circumstances, we need to learn to imitate David in this. We can face circumstances, but allow our focus to be on revival brought on by the Lord.
In the KJV, it says “quicken”. When my anxiety-filled heart prays, “quicken” would be an accurate word of choice. I want God to rescue me, now, and I don’t want to wait to reap whatever eternal benefit that is provided by God not immediately taking me out of the circumstance.
David, though, prays for God to revive him. His prayer is about his spirit, not his circumstance.
How often do we allow our spirit’s needs to
take priority in our prayer lives, versus
the circumstances we find ourselves in?
In my own life, I know I can testify that I don’t allow my spiritual needs to take priority in my life. My conversations with the Lord tend to revolve around other things. I am sure you can relate. Maybe, it is time for a change.
Our spirit’s need are far greater than significant physical needs we have. We don’t see the effects of not putting our spiritual needs, first, or at least not initially. By not putting our spiritual needs first, we slowly waste away versus experiencing renewal like it talks about in 2 Cor. 4:16. Where is the spiritual renewal?
Our prayers need to be centered around Christ and our relationship with Him. He wants to meet both needs – the temporary and eternal, the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Because, God truly cares! We cannot miss the importance of bringing to God in prayer our spiritual needs. It is part of the investing process. Our spirits are what last (see 2 Cor. 4:16).
What are we doing to actively take care of
our spirits, their needs, and nurture our
relationship with Jesus – our Savior?
As David prays, God hears his prayer.
See the truth is, God wants to revive our broken and distracted spirits. He wants to teach us His commands and give us understanding (see James 1:5). He wants to share with us His treasures.
The Effect of David’s Prayer
And as a result of his prayer, David would experience a deeper walk with his God and so can we. God wants to touch our lives in a mighty way with His Awesome power!
It is in Jesus, we finally experience the most refreshing life we will have ever experienced.
For David, he would grasp the power of God. With understanding comes, the desire to think upon the miracles of God. That is something he would not be able to self-contain, it would explode his witness. Having the Spirit of God inside him, God would use David as one of His witnesses (see Acts 1:8) to passionately speak His truth.
This is what can happen in our own lives.
This shows the significance of prayer.
Prayer changes lives.
How are we committing ourselves to bring
our spiritual needs to God through prayer?
This is where spiritual life begins!