Psalms 5:3 (ESV)David is confident that God hears his prayers. He knows God is listening and he is confident that God will answer. He prepares a sacrifices and watches for God's answer.
3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
Is this how I pray? Do I pray with the confidence that God is listening? Do I sacrifice to God each morning and then watch for His answers?
If you were to ask me, my intellectual answer will be that I know God hears my prayers. However, I question how my faith matches that belief. If I really had faith that the God of the universe is listening, praying without ceasing would be much easier.
How about that morning sacrifice?
Romans 12:1 (ESV)Each and every morning I should present myself again to God as a living sacrifice. I need to give each day to him.
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Of all the lessons in this verse, watching may be the toughest. At least it is for me. Maybe it is a faith issue again. However, even if I believe God is listening, I often wonder if I really expect God to answer my prayers.
It's not that I don't think God is active in this world or capable of directly answering my prayers. It's just that rather than expect an answer, I expect no answer. It's like if I expect no answer, I will never be disappointed.
David sacrifices and then watches. Watching here denotes an expectation. He's prayed to God and watches in expectation for God to answer His prayers.
I wonder how often I miss God's answers because I do not watch expectantly for His answer.