As I was opening my Bible to read in the book of Matthew, a verse I had underlined in red (in the Psalms) caught my attention. It said, "In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." I like that it mentions praying to God in the morning. But I wonder.....after I present my requests to the Lord in prayer, do I really wait in expectation? What does it mean to wait in expectation? Some might say that it means to expect God to answer the prayer the way I want it to be answered. But I think it means that after I present my requests to God, that I know He has heard me and I trust Him with the outcome to be in His sovereign will. And because I know that He will do what is best for me, then I can wait in expectation of seeing God's will worked out in my life. That's totally my own interpretation. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this verse.
The Bible I use at home for my Bible study is one that I would recommend for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper as they read, or for someone who might need a little help with clarifying some of the verses. It's called the Life Application Bible, and mine is in the New International Version. It's really big and thick because there are a lot of footnotes that go with a lot of the verses. I don't take this one to church with me because it's pretty heavy for carrying, but it is perfect for home use when you really want to study the Bible.
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But I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you. Psalm 88:13