24 Hour Prayer Reflection for 23rd and 24th February 2019
Read Psalm 84
The psalmist had been able in the past to go to the temple to praise and worship God, confess his sin and be restored in his soul. But for whatever reason (I suspect because his home is not in Jerusalem but instead is some distance away, requiring a pilgrimage to be made – v5), he is prevented from staying there, and it is a matter of great sorrow to him. He feels the sparrows and swallows who nest in the temple complex are more privileged than he is (v3).
Do we have this same passion for our prayer times with God? If needed confess to God.
As people set off on their pilgrimage to the temple, the dwelling place of God, they are lifted up, the land becomes well-watered and fertile and the act of setting out to spend time with God, renews their strength, which continues and increases until they reach Zion. We have the sense of them being refreshed and strengthened with a new devotion and zeal for God.
Thank God for the privilege we now have, of coming to Him (anywhere) and give him praise for the restoration this time with Him will bring to your soul.
The pilgrims journeyed, to also bring their prayer requests to God (v8).
Now share with God what is on your heart :-
• For yourself and your family
• For our church and town of Stranraer
• For our nation and leaders in these difficult days
• For anything else God brings to your mind.
If you have time left, enjoy the privilege of time with God. Use your imagination, let him lead you through His courts (v10). Reflect on the truth of “one day in His presence (being) better than a thousand elsewhere”. Remind yourself of the favour He has shown you, the honour He bestows on you and the blessings He has not withheld from you.
As your time draws to a close ….
Count your blessings and determine to keep trusting in Him.