Pray Like a Warrior
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“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.”
Psalm 63:6 NIV
My husband loves the story of David – the man after God’s own heart. And who wouldn’t love the story of a simple shepherd boy who learned he was prophesied to be a king and eventually took the throne to do great things for God and with God! So, when a musical of the story of David was recently released, we tuned in. What moved me so deeply in this presentation of this familiar story was a scene where Jesus placed His hand on the shoulder of King David in the autumn of his life, asking him to remember the times they had spent together. Then a highlight reel of David’s life began to play. We watched David, from the time he was a young shepherd to the time he was an aging King, walk and talk with his Savior, in the day-to-day mundane things and the significant days of pressure, difficult decisions, grief and pain. He talked to his Lord about everything. There was something remarkably emotional about watching the beautiful intimacy of their time together unfold through their interactions and deep friendship. It was easy, comforting, and assuring.
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:30 NIV
That night, as I flipped my pillow over to the cool side, I imagined the highlight reel of my own life. Can you imagine yours? In the happy times, imagine Jesus with His arm around you, laughing and celebrating with you. As you remember your seasons of hurt and pain, imagine Jesus at your side, hurting and crying with you. Do you see Him? Jesus has known you every day of your life. He has walked with you all of those days, and He is walking with you now. He is the faithful King of the universe and, by God’s grace, desires to be your most intimate friend. Will you, like David, build an intimate friendship with Jesus?
Forgive us for all of the days we have walked with You yet never even acknowledged You. Who are we, that You would still walk with us and want to be closer than a brother to us? We acknowledge You are our Savior and rightful King as we surrender our lives to You. We desire to know You intimately, like David. May we remember to walk and talk with You throughout every circumstance of every day. Deepen our love for You as we love You with our whole lives, build our trust in You through our obedience to You, and may our dependence on You grow easily as You meet our every need. For our friendship with You is the only thing that brings true fulfillment. We pray this in the name of our most intimate friend, Jesus. Amen.
By: Jonie Buckley
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.