In Psalm 5:3 David says, “In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice. In the morning, I will order my prayer to You, and eagerly watch.” Those last words are important. David did not just say that he was going to get up and pray; he said he was going to get up and pray — and then WATCH!

This is the element of FAITH in his prayer. As Hebrews 11:6 tells us, faith is vital in our relationship with God: “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” This should affect both the way we pray, and our attitude afterwards.

It is one thing just to “pray”; to merely “say some prayers” without any hope or expectation. It is another thing entirely to pray and then “WATCH” – because you BELIEVE that God is going to do something! This adds another whole element; and it is the element of faith. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for …” Hebrews 11:1 says. So when you pray in faith, then you “watch”!

This is a good point of evaluation for many of us regarding our prayers. Are you watching for the answers to your prayers? Or is your lack of faith an evidence that you are just “going through the motions”? In your prayers this week, don’t “just pray.” Like David, pray and then “watch”: look expectantly for the good things the Lord is going to do in answer to your prayers!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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