COLUMN: Say a good prayer for everyone

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By George Smith

There are times in life when we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place and we need someone to rescue us. The psalmist seems to be in such a place when he pleads with God in Psalm 141 to “come quickly.” He says, “Hasten to me. Give ear to my voice when I call to Thee.”
God loves for his children to talk to him in prayer. Someone has said that prayer is our talking to God and Bible reading is God talking to us.
Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Isaiah 59:1-2 says, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” Sin separates us from God. We are not to be blatant hypocrites praying one thing and doing another.
We believe that God is quick to hear and answer those who follow the instruction given in James 4:7-10. “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands. Purify your heart. Humble yourselves and He will exalt you.”
Psalm 141:3 tells us to “Keep a watch over our lips.” We are to guard our mouths. We should strive for our words to please the Lord” (Psalm 19:14).
Our hearts are not to be drawn to that which is evil (Psalm 141:4). Temptation is everywhere. We see many things of the world but we are not to want them in our hearts, and let them control us.
Finally, Psalm 141:8 says, “Fix your eyes on the Lord.” Psalm 25:15 says, “My eyes are continually toward the Lord.”
The psalmist’s requests are very simple. “Lord, come quickly. Hear my prayer. Guard my speech. Keep my heart pure. Fix my eyes on you.”