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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

1 Samuel 22:1–23:29
John 10:1-21
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 15:18-19

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Psalm 115:1-3 (CSB): “Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your faithful love, because of your truth. Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in heaven and does whatever he pleases.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

In a recent blog post (“What is the Most Important Thing to God?”), I wrote about how God is uppermost in His affections. Above all other things, God delights in His glory.

I also provided an illustration in that post to demonstrate why God’s love for His own glory is in our best interest.

Well, in the verses that I chose as Today’s Bible Verses, we see yet another aspect of this theme. We understand that God’s glory is the basis for which we are to pray and expect God to respond.

Simply put, prayers in our best interest don’t necessarily move God to action. But, when we ask for things that will demonstrate God’s glory (the wonder of who He is) to the world, He is much more prone to act.

Psalm 115:1-3 (CSB): “Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your faithful love, because of your truth. Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in heaven and does whatever he pleases.”

As the Psalmist prayed these words, he made it clear that his primary motive was God’s glory.

He implied that the current circumstances, whatever they were, made it seem that the God of Israel was weak or absent. The pagan peoples were coming to the conclusion that the God of Israel was not able to help them … or maybe didn’t even exist.

So, the psalmist prayed that God would intercede. The psalmist prayed that God would be moved to action.

Why?

To protect His glory. To demonstrate to the onlooking peoples and nations that the God of Israel was alive and well and all-powerful.

Clearly, the psalmist asked God to intercede for the purposes of His own interests.

Psalm 115:1-3 (CSB): “Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your faithful love, because of your truth. Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in heaven and does whatever he pleases.”

Conclusion

So, my friend, what do your prayers sound like? Do your prayers consist of requests that are self-centered or God-centered? Are you constantly asking for things that have you as the ultimate beneficiary or is God’s glory the ultimate aim?

To be sure, we are told to ask for what we need. Just read the disciple’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

But, make sure that when you ask for God’s provision in your life, do so on the basis of how it will positively impact God’s glory. God delights to demonstrate His nature to the peoples of the earth as He draws people to Himself. When you pray in participation with this desire of God, your prayers are going to be heard.