Thank you Crossover for allowing me to be the "closer" for our "BOLDprayer" series. (condensed version and go...)
“I pray because I can not help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time - waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God - it changes me” ~ CS Lewis
Psalms 13 finds David alone in a cave - the struggle is real! King Saul is trying to kill David but in his suffering, He takes The Problem straight to God, not social media.
Psalm 13:1-2 (NIV) The Problem
1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
goal: run to God and process your suffering through the filter of His love.
13:3-4 (NIV) The Petition
Petitioning means to bring the situation to Him.
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
goal: Seek Him especially when He seems distant.
13:5-6 (NIV) The Praise
5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
David transitions from the Problem, to Prayer then explodes into Praise. He declares his trust in God and rejoices in the God of his salvation. Knowing that God has been faithful in the past and He'll remain faithful in the current situation.
What changed? It certainly wasn't his circumstances, it was his FOCUS. Thinking on the steadfast love of God caused David to break out in rejoicing.
Prayer is intimate communion with God. Prayer brings praise and our deliverance.
Don't stop here - Psalm 18 gives us the outcome of the answer to David's prayer in chapter 13.