Holy Anticipation

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Today's reading: Psalm 85:1-13

As I took in Psalm 85 this morning, praying and living with "holy anticipation" immediately came to mind. This is a concept that Mark Batterson talks about in his book "Draw the Circle" and the corresponding study "The 40 Day Prayer Challenge," that means our mindset should be one of expecting God to take action on our requests when we pray.

As the psalmist puts forth his prayerful request, he recognizes God's past provision, acknowledges the poor state God's people are currently in, and asks for God's restoration. All of this done with confidence that God will indeed respond. In other words, the psalmist is praying with "holy anticipation" that God WILL act.

"Yes, the LORD WILL give what is good, and our land WILL yield its increase. Righteousness WILL go before him and make his footsteps away" (vs. 12-13).

Do you pray with the expectation that God will respond? If not, why not? What does or might the phrase "holy anticipation" mean for you and your communications with God? Tami

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I always Pray expecting God to respond, but he doesn’t always respond in the way that I would like but He always respond and sometimes with silence. . .
I love The 40 Day Prayer Challenge you mentioned. I remember years ago a visiting Pastor from our denomination can down on a Wednesday night and taught us how to Pray through the Psalms in thirty days, It is very challenging and rewarding. On the first day of the month you pray Psalms 1 skip 30 chapters and pray 31, 61, 91, 121. On the second day read ch. 2 and skip 30 chapters each time. In 30 days you have prayed through the book. BUT before you get to Ps. 119 you have to be sure of your time with 176 verses. It takes some dedicated time but you will be BLESSED for doing it!!! I often read Provers on 31 day months and Psalms on thirty day months.

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