“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” Proverbs 13:8
Call me desperate. I pray to God night and day. Because I have to. Because I want to. Because I need to. Because I am desperate for the Lord, for more of Him, for more of His Spirit and His Word, for more mercy, grace, peace, joy, forgiveness, oh, yes, for more of His love, for His provision, for direction and wisdom, for help and support, for guidance, for comfort and encouragement, to be closer to Him, for more of His fellowship, to commune with Him, for deeper intimacy with Him, for more of His presence, for more hearing from Him, on and on my needs, wants, and desperation go when it comes to the Lord!
Oh, that is just a small portion of it. I pray for the world, for loved ones, for friends, for strangers, for whole groups of people, for revival, for awakening, for the hurting, sick, suffering, addicted, homeless, downtrodden, suicidal, depressed, for cities, for the body of Christ, for His servants, for God to save people and bring them into His forever Kingdom, for the Lord to lead people to repentance, for people who hurt me, on and on – and on – I pray!
Wouldn’t you think the Lord would get tired of my crying out to Him? I would think so! How surprised and delighted I was – yes, delighted – to come across the verse above about the Lord not only not being horrified, sickened, tired, worn out, disappointed, etc. in His children’s continual prayers to Him, but actually being DELIGHTED! Wow! Isn’t that something? Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that so incredibly beautiful? Isn’t that a reflection on God almighty’s splendorous glorious love, care, and compassion for His children?
I have every intention of continuing to pray to the Lord day and night and would have done so whether or not I had seen this verse about God’s delight in His children praying, but oh how richly rewarding and wonderfully satisfying and inspiring and magnificently blessed it is to think of the Lord finding pleasure in the crying out of His children to Him!
What a beautiful and unfathomable and patient and kind and merciful love the Lord has for His children that He would want us to continually cry out to Him our blessed almighty Father, hallelujah!
Please don’t hold back your prayers. Please pray as He shows us in the Bible – without ceasing. Oh, please pray – and pray and pray, oh yes! Amen!
Thank you, Father, for calling us to pray. Thank you for wanting us to pray. Thank you for hearing us pray. Thank you for answering our prayers according to your will. Thank you for delighting in our prayers. Thank you for loving your children! Thank you, dear God, AMEN!
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thess. 5:17