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October 15 – Praying While Under Discipline

“Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away Your indignation toward us! Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?  Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?  Show us Your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us Your salvation.”  Psalm 85:4-7

Devotional Thought For The Day

After first recognizing all that God had done for the children of Israel, the greatness of His forgiveness, mercy, and love, and asserting that God had richly bestowed His blessing upon His people [vs. 1-3], the psalmist reflects upon some of the unpleasant aspects of God’s discipline that remained, and prayed God to grant further relief.  It perhaps seems strange to us, the way the psalmist goes about this in his prayer.  He first asserts: “You withdrew all Your wrath; You turned from Your hot anger” [v.3], but then he immediately asks God to “put away Your indignation toward us!”  He asks God: “Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?”

However, this is a common experience that we often have as Christians – living in the assurance of God’s gracious love, forgiveness, and mercy, and yet continuing to struggle with disciplinary consequences that God allows to persist in our lives, as He seeks to train us in godliness.  This is precisely what we are taught in the book of Hebrews:  “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” [Heb. 12:11]  The ills that we suffer in this life kindle and stoke within us a greater eagerness for the blessings of God, a desire for goodness and righteousness in this life, and yearning for the blessings promised in the life to come.  These are great blessings of faith!  The appropriate place to express our faith and our desires is in our prayers to God – Who alone can grant them to us.

The psalmist, in praying for relief, is also meditating upon God’s Word – His promises to bless us.  He affirms God’s steadfast love and His promise of salvation.  His prayer for the “revival” of God’s people is based in faith – trust in what God has promised.  Such prayers are deeply pleasing to God, especially when we are struggling with difficult circumstances, for by so praying we are affirming His truthfulness and faithfulness to us, and this shows that we truly know Him.  Consider also the deeply personal and conversational nature of the psalmist’s prayers, how he remains humble and reverent but prays in an honest and intimate way.  May God grant all of us such a blessed relationship of faith with the Lord, the only True and Living God, and knowledge of His great love for us and His gracious promises of blessing, that we learn to pray to Him like the psalmist prayed.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we know that You do not desire our death, our demise, or even to discipline us – except for our good and blessedness.  Grant us sure and certain faith in Your promises of deliverance and salvation, and wisdom to receive Your discipline in faith.  Help us learn to rely upon You, to pray to You in all circumstances, always affirming and rejoicing in Your saving love. Amen.