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Praying To God: Psalm 5:1-4

 

Give ear to my words, O Yahweh, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. O Yahweh, in the morning, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; Evil does not sojourn with You.

Psalm 5:1-4

It may be observed that prayers may be divided into two kinds: Expressed and Unexpressed. In the unexpressed prayer, we have inward groanings, the deep sorrow of the heart that inwardly looks up to God imploring His help and mercy. We have silent meditations reflecting on the works and goodness of God. We wonder at His mighty works, His power, and His wisdom, and rejoice in the beauties of His glory. We have thoughts and considerations. We reflect on His Word and meditate (masticate, ruminate) on that truth that has been made known to us by the Holy Scriptures or other means of communicating God’s Truth. The thing that makes prayers out of such thoughts, meditations, or sorrows is that they are always engaged in the context of God the Creator, Cause, and Cure of all things. They differ from those of godless men, in that such men never consider God as they reflect upon these things. To them, man, through fate or chance, is the cause of all things, and there is no One to pray to.

Such prayers, though not spoken, are heard. We may not even understand them enough to articulate them. We may not even know the question, let alone the answer. Deep sorrow sometimes so assails our hearts that we find it impossible to ask God for anything, for we can think of nothing that would relieve our affliction. But God understands perfectly and will hear and answer perfectly if the prayer is from the heart.

Expressed prayers are spoken audibly. These are put into words. They are vocalized reasonings from the mind. Sometimes these are reasonings from the God-centered mind and will be the right kind of words because they come from the right kind of thoughts. At other times these come from the man-centered mind and will be the wrong kind of words because they come from a heart that is wrong toward God. Often, prayers take the form of crying, plaintive pleas, urgent implorings, desperate cries, weeping, and mourning. These are sometimes soft, sometimes loud; the volume matters not. What matters is where the prayer is directed.

The Psalmist directs his prayer to God, his God, the God with Whom he is acquainted. If you would pray, you must have a God with Whom you are on speaking terms, Whose law you obey, and in Whose power you trust. He must be your only source of hope and strength.

How shall we, wicked sinners that we are, get on such intimate terms with a holy and pure God? Is it not through the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ His Son? Surely we can never be holy enough within ourselves to stand before Him, or our own works good enough to merit His help. Yet He graciously receives and hears all who come to Him by Christ Jesus.

For further reading
A Commentary Through the Psalms by John Calvin
Psalms by W.S. Plumer
Prayer on the Psalms
Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis

Conrad Murrell

Conrad Murrell served in evangelistic ministry for over 50 years and was powerfully used by God in many Assemblies of God and Baptist churches in the United States and around the world. Throughout that time, Conrad pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, successfully hosted numerous Bible conferences, engaged in continuous itinerant preaching, and diligently evangelized throughout the United States and Mexico. In addition to his fruitful ministry, he also wrote several books, many of which are read worldwide today. Mack Tomlinson's biography of Conrad Murrell is a testimony of God's grace and truth in the life of a man called by God for the proclamation of the Gospel.

Conrad Murrell was a significant contemporary and friend to two of the 20th Century's leading experts on revival, Leonard Ravenhill and Richard Owen Roberts, as well as a dearly loved co-laborer and associate of several other significant evangelists of our age, such as Manley Beasley and Al Whittinghill. Like them, he was a committed, passionate, and anointed itinerant minister. He was a man's man, a man of conviction and grit, but most importantly, he was God's man—a man completely devoted to his Lord and Savior.

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