When the Godly Pray
For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. ~Psalm 32:6
The word “godly” means having characteristics like God. We are to exercise ourselves unto godliness. Godliness is profitable unto all things. We should minister in godly sincerity and with godly jealousy. We will have times of godly sorrow. If we live godly, we will suffer persecution. God promises deliverance in temptation and trial for those who live godly. Living a godly life means praying to God. You cannot separate prayer from a man that is godly, nor will you find a man who is godly who does not pray. This morning/ let us see when the godly pray.
We see the conviction.
“When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.” A godly person lives with a good conscience. His conscience is greatly convicted if he is living with unconfessed sin. He is restless because of the pressure in his heart that there is sin in his life. He feels dry, thirsty, and parched in his soul. He is lacking peace and joy. A godly person is most miserable if he doesn’t deal with the sin in his life. The convicting power of the Holy Spirit drives a godly man to his knees and on his face to the Lord.
We see the correction.
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” A godly man seeks forgiveness and cleansing from his sin. The companion psalm to Psalm 32 is Psalm 51. Psalm 51 is David’s confession of his sins. In Psalm 32, David experiences the joy and happiness of being forgiven, being cleansed, and his sins not being imputed against him. A godly man recognizes that sin is harmful and heinous. He sees himself as being a sinner, a lawbreaker, disobedient, and a rebel. He calls sin what it is and agrees with God on what sin has done in his life. He desires restoration in fellowship with God and a right start. Godly men know that correction comes with confession and cleansing.
We see the consecration.
“For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found….” We see the humility in his praying. We must humble ourselves before God when we come to Him in confession. We see the hurry in his praying. He obeys the impulse of the Spirit and comes to the Lord without hesitation. He does not delay, but he makes his utmost priority the confession of his sin. We see the heart in his praying. He seeks the Lord, that He may be found. He stays in the presence of God in prayer until he knows that God has gotten a hold of him and he has gotten a hold of God. He prays so that his heart is tender and his life is changed.
We see the conservation.
“Surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.” The godly are protected from further chastening. They are protected from the fiery darts of Satan. Further trials are put on hold. He is kept safe and protected because he came to God on God’s terms and experienced restoration and rest once again. He is teachable and is cautious not to be stubbornly rebellious. His trust is in the Lord. His eyes are looking for the return of the Lord at any moment. When the godly pray, we are kept in safeguard with the Lord. Make sure prayer is how you start your day, live your day, and finish up your day. Continue instant in prayer. Pray always with all prayer and supplication. When the godly pray, there is a difference.
Have a godly God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 8-10