Prayer preparation

We take advantage of the new year to make plans and reorganize life. And this is good. King David used a crisis in his life to make his faith options clearer.

LORD, in the morning you will hear me;
in the morning I will present my case to you and then wait expectantly for an answer.
Psalm 5:3 NET

“In the morning” represents the first opportunity and the moment when God often acts. And not just any morning, but the text indicates David prayed every morning. So NLT translates the second occurence as “each morning.”

The verb “present” means to put in order. Hence, NASB translates it as “order.” The Hebrew word was used to draw up an army in array for battle, to arrange the bread of presence on the table in the temple, to place the pieces of the bull on the altar for sacrifice, to set a table. It implies a certain awareness of how to place things.

We think of prayer as something spontaneous, but David thought—even under extreme emotional conditions—of it as something to prepare for with care and reverence.

After all, when someone goes to speak with an authority, preparation is made, one imagines what the conversation will be like, practices on how to make a request.

With God our prayers are no different. Every morning.


One thought on “Morning prayer preparation

  1. Excellent thoughts. Regularity and well-defined purpose are seen as mechanical by some, but spontaneity alone can lead to shallowness (at least, for me). Prayer-life is better, more useful, and effective, with definition and purpose.

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