Monday’s Prayer: Expectant Waiting
Psalm 5:3 – In the morning, LORD you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Someone gave me good advice once. They advised me that when I go to sleep at night, I should end my day thanking God for all the things he did for me that day and throughout my life. He urged me to end my day meditating on who God is and what he can do. Then, he counseled, I could lay my head on my pillow and on his chest and sleep well. If I end my day by listing my problems, I won’t sleep as well because I’ll be thinking about all the challenges and not about the one who will handle those obstacles.
The place for laying out my problems, my challenges, and all those things that weigh my heart down is in the morning. When I put my feet down on the floor and stand up to face the day, he urged that this is a wonderful time to lay before God all those things that are coming up in that day. It’s at this time that we can lay out the day’s agenda, lay out the important meetings, the confrontations that face us, the hard work that must be done. We can lay it all out before the Lord.
And then we can work while we wait. Then we can wait with eager expectation to see how God will bless the full day that is in front of us. We can work and wait for him to do what God can and will do. We can wait on him and he will not let us down.
Good morning, Lord! Thank you for the good night’s sleep. Thank you for giving me strength to wake up and face this day that you’ve given me. There is much that faces me today, much that must get done. Give me strength to get done what you want me to do. Give me wisdom to know which works you want me to devote my time and attention to. Grant success to all the things to which I place my hands. Amen.