Psalm 145:18-19 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will.
The reality is that dry prayers are a problem that we sometimes face as believers; but what can we do to overcome this? Psalms 145:18-19 provide clues as to how this can be done. The essence of the scripture is that the approach that we must take to draw close to God in prayer is to call upon Him in truth. Coming to God in truth is synonymous with positioning ourselves in the Holy place, based on the tabernacle pattern that God gave to Moses in Exodus 25 -27. Prior to getting to the Holy Place, there were three (3) things that the priests had to do and if we replicate them the dry prayer will be short lived.
To begin with, the priest had to enter through the gate and that signifies thanksgiving and praise. Psalms 100:4 says enter his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. In other words, scripture instructs us to start with thanksgiving and praise. We can do things by singing to the Holy Spirit, offering words of adoration or reading a Psalm or other scriptures in the Bible.
The next stop for the priests was a Brazen Altar, it is the place of total surrender. At this point we sincerely confess our willingness to set aside our agenda or prayer list. Jesus taught His disciples this prayer principle when He taught them to pray in Matthew 6:10. What we need to understand is that we are best positioned to draw close to God when we pray according to His will.
After the Brazen Altar, the priests had to go to the Brazen Lava for washing. At this stage in prayer we ask God to forgive us from all unrighteousness; this was also part of the prayer model that Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 6:10.
Putting it all together, to call upon God in truth we must practice praise and thanksgiving, have a heart that is clean and fully surrendered to His will. When we approach Him in this way, He will draw nigh to us. In addition, we would have created room for Him to direct our prayer and give attention to our cry.
Life Application: Draw close to God in prayer by practicing praise and thanksgiving, giving up your agenda for His and possessing a repentant heart.
Prayer: Lord, draw me close to you. I will enter your gates with thanksgiving and your court with praise. My prayer is that your will be done in and through me as I draw close to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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