PSALM 88:1-3

  1. O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried to You for help by day; at night I am in Your presence.
  2. Let my prayer come before You and (really) enter into your presence; incline your ear to my cry!
  3. For I am full of troubles, and my life draws near to (Sheol) the place of the dead. Amp.

The psalmist is in such a sad state. He is praying and seeking the Lord with a very heavy heart. He is praying and begging for help. We live under a New Covenant and can put our faith in the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Now we can come boldly into the throne of grace to find mercy in time of need. We do not have to ask for that which already is done.

We simply are to come to Him in faith with His promise from the Word of God. If we are praying the covenant, we say: You promised in your Word (give the scripture) now do as Thou has said. He will always honor His Word. He never lies to us. He does what He says He is going to do!

The only time we have a problem is if there is unrepented of sin in the way. That could be anything that we are not aware of. This is the time that we cry to Him saying, “Father, bring to my mind any sin that is in the way of my answer to this prayer and help me to repent.”

He always knows what is in our hearts. It is us who are blinded at times. The sins of the heart are the biggest hindrances in our daily walk. They are also the hardest to detect. Here is a partial list of some of them:

  • Unbelief
  • Idolatry
  • Anger
  • Bitterness
  • Hatred
  • Jealousy/Envy
  • Pride
  • Fear

It is much easier in times of fasting for the Lord to reveal those things that are down deep in the heart and not so easily detected by us. Unbelief is almost impossible for us to detect on our own. We need the help of the Holy Spirit. He will always lead us to the cleansing bath of the blood of Jesus.

As we keep coming to Him daily asking to be shown what we cannot see, He is faithful and just to show us and forgive us. Isn’t that the Gospel?

Ephesians 1:4 Even as in His love He chose us — actually picked us out for Himself as His own — in Christ before the foundation of the world; that we should be holy (concentrated and set apart for him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. Amp.



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