Holy Anticipation

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Today's reading: Psalm 85:1-13

As I took in Psalm 85, the idea of praying and living with "holy anticipation" immediately came to mind. It's actually a concept that pastor and author Mark Batterson talks about in his book Draw the Circle and the corresponding study "The 40 Day Prayer Challenge." Holy anticipation means that 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 is 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 a way" (vs. 12-13, emphasis mine).

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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Yes,I do pray with expectations that God will respond.Our family and others pray over 50 years for my Dad's salvation.Finally at 86 years of age, he prayed the sinners's prayer.
God does not always answer my prayers the way that I was wanting Him to,but God answer according to my need and His will which is always best.

Holy anticipation means that our mindset should be one of expecting God to take action on our requests when we pray. Yes,I agree that when I pray and make my request to God,I am expecting He will answer according to His will and many times my desire lines up with God's will as we all know when we pray for the unsaved He is more willing to save them in fact, God has provided a way for/to salvation through Jesus Who died and rose again for our transgressions.But the prayer is not answered is only because the unsaved person has rejected God's gift of salvation.

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