The Basis for Answered Prayer

Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

Psalm 143:1

I may have written about this verse before, but I came across it in reading the Psalms and  can’t help but write about it because it is so encouraging to me and it is such a perfect prayer for us to pray.

This Psalm is a psalm of David and he prays that the Lord would hear his prayer and “give ear to my supplications…”  That is what we want, is it not?  We want the Lord to hear our prayers, and not just “hear them,” but “give ear to them.”  We want Him to really hear our requests that we make known unto Him.  That is the basis of prayer: that we are giving our thanks and praise to God, and that we are bringing things before Him that we would like Him to act on in one way or another.  And, we should have some basis for expecting Him to answer our prayers.  That is what this verse gives us: the basis for our expectant prayers.

“In thy faithfulness answer me…”  and “in thy righteousness.”  We do not expect God to listen to us and grant our petitions because of anything that we have done.  We can not pray to God and expect Him to answer us because we have been so faithful to Him and so righteous.  Because we have not always been faithful to Him.  We have not always been righteous.  If our prayers being answered were based on our perfect faithfulness and perfect righteousness, we would never get a prayer answered.  Fortunately, our prayers are based on HIS faithfulness and HIS righteousness.  I don’t know about anyone else, but that encourages me.

6 responses to this post.

  1. It encourages me too, Ben! Very much so today!!!! Okay, now I’m off to pray. . .
    God bless you for showing us His faithfulness to us as we pray!

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  2. Wow that’s good Ben! I never thought about it like this before that He answers us because He is faithful and he is righteous! I’ve always thought of it as, “God in your righteousness you know better than me so if I am off base answer me in your way.” I have just had a paradigm shift! Thanks! 🙂

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    • Thanks! It’s weird how you can read something over and over again, and then, all of a sudden, the Lord points it out in a little different light and you see something in a way you had never seen it before. The Bible is an amazing Book written by an amazing God!

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  3. Thanks, Ben

    “If our prayers being answered were based on our perfect faithfulness and perfect righteousness, we would never get a prayer answered. Fortunately, our prayers are based on HIS faithfulness and HIS righteousness.”

    So thankful it has nothing to do with me!! (Positive I would have shot myself in the foot and sabotaged the answer 🙂 ) It is so all about Him! Talk about our righteousness being like filthy rags..

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • “Talk about our righteousness being like filthy rags..” Very true! There is no human reason that He should be answering any of my prayers. Only through His faithfulness and righteousness!

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