O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly...Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe. Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow. Psalms 5:1-3, 7-8
There is an old saying that goes this way; “A life without prayer makes one weak.” This is painfully true for every believer. From the text, David provided an example of his practice of daily praying to God. There is a misconception that people who pray are those that only think everything is right with them with God. There is that notion that praying are for those that have performed well. People who pray are those who are spiritual. Prayer is not reserved for people who think they are in good terms with God. Who among us do not commit sin? Who among us are not harboring any sin right now or will not commit sin in the distant future? Who among us have figured out ways that will make life easy? David regularly comes to God in prayer for His desire is to understand the ways of God so he could follow Him faithfully. He prays to God for he knew that God never fails. We have to realize that the only way we could live the life God gave us is by asking Him daily to help us. We have in the Book of Psalms passages on prayers offered seeking God’s leading for He is our Shepherd (Psalm 23). There is a prayer asking for forgiveness for it is God whom we disobeyed and can alone forgive our sin. “Look upon my affliction and my trouble and forgive all my sins” (Psalm 25:18). Let us not neglect praying to God. Ready or not, worthy or not, tell God what is in your heart. Even if you feel you do not want to pray or you do not know what to say to God, ask the Holy Spirit to help you. “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26). Do not be like King Saul, that after his disobedience, he stopped seeking God and it resulted to grave consequence (see 1 Samuel 31). There is never a bad time to pray only bad consequence when you don’t happen to pray.
Noel De Guzman