Jan 27th, 2013 Psalms – Authentic Prayer for Today Wk3 – Waiting

This week we continue to learn authentic prayer through the example of the Psalms. This message unpacks the many prayers of waiting found in the psalms.

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Psalms: Authentic Prayer for today, week 3:

Prayers of Waiting

January 27th , 2013  by Kasey Crawford

Today’s Passages:  Psalm 5:3; 38:15; 130:1-6; 37:1-11; 119:81-84; 25:1-5

Simply put, the Psalms are ____________ with God put to __________.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.     Psalm 130:5-6

The theme of ___________ comes up over ______ times in the Psalms, in more than 20 different psalms.

The phrase “How _______?” appears _____ times in 13 different psalms.

These prayers remind us that life is often more waiting than ____________.   But why is this so?

Authentic life is with God is just as much about how he wants to ___________ you on the journey, as it is about certain _______________ that we are waiting for.

Psalm 37 contrasts 2 ways of life:

One way of life is _____________.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him Psalms 37:7

The words “be still” come from the root that means “___________.”

The prayer from the psalmist is to let yourself become still before the Lord-to breathe out the busyness and worries of the day, the week, the year, and __________ __________ of it over to God and prayerfully wait for him to work.

Waiting is in contrast to another way of doing life:  full of __________.

do not fret when men succeed in their ways…. do not fret—it leads only to evil.   Psalm 37:1,9

but those who wait for the Lord will inherit the land… and enjoy great peace.   Psalm 37:9-11

He is learning to find ___________ by giving up control and waiting on God’s timing.

One of the main reasons we don’t have peace in our life is when we try to ___________ life to happen by our own strength and according to our plans and ____________.

Psalm 37 is just one example of the kind of work God wants to do in us through waiting.  There are many other things God might do in us through waiting, such as…

  • In Abraham’s life, through the process of waiting, he became a ________ of God. “…you descendants of Abraham my friend.”  Isaiah 41:8
  • In Joseph’s life, during his time of waiting, he had the powerful experience of: “what man intends for evil, God turns for _______” (“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” Genesis 50:20)
  • In Moses’ life, during his time of waiting, he experienced God’s __________ so personally and powerfully that…Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him…And when he came out…the skin of Moses’ face was shining. Exodus 34:34–35

Very simply, in waiting, God forms of our ______________, which bears long term good fruit.