A Pause For Prayer

12 Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. 13 Lord ​— ​how long? Turn and have compassion on your servants. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love

Psalms 90:12-14 (CSB)

This section of Psalms 90, penned by Moses, sandwiches an authentic question, “Lord, how long?” between two requests for God to “teach” us patience and “turn” His love towards us. Moses asks the Lord, in verse 12, for heavenly sobriety and wisdom. The wisdom Moses longs for and God provides will help us to “pay careful attention, then, to how we walk ​— ​not as unwise people but as wise ​— ​ making the most of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). Then, in verse 14, Moses asks for a real delight that comes from experiencing God’s loyal love. From leading Israel out of Egypt, Moses knows all that could tempt appetites, so he pleads with God for a daily dose of contentment.  Yet, as powerful as these requests are, I want us to focus on the honest question of verse 14: “Lord ​— ​how long?” 

Since March 15, 2020, we’ve wrestled as individuals, families, and a church through a generationally unique and challenging experience. Even though many of us have not suffered significantly, the pandemic continues to challenge our core desires. We crave community, yet wrestle with social distancing. We crave consistency, yet experience inconveniences where we live, work, and play. Ultimately, the sustained uncertainty in almost every aspect of our lives causes us to say, “Lord ​— ​how long?” This dilemma causes us, like Moses, to beg God for his attention and compassion, as if we’ve been without it.

Truly the question of Moses in verse 13 comes out of the challenge of waiting. No one likes waiting, even the most patient among us. However, what if our waiting could be redeemed? Instead of viewing waiting as passive, what if our waiting became active? King David concludes Psalm 33 with an invitation to wait actively. He says “We wait for the Lord; he is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in him because we trust in his holy name. May your faithful love rest on us, Lord, for we put our hope in you” (Psalms 33:20-22). Waiting, according to David, occurs as we actively trust in the Lord and decisively put our hope in Him. I believe prayer demonstrates the most obvious and yet most glorious way we can actively wait.

At our Family Meeting on February 7, 2021, I mentioned that a unique circumstance gave us reason to pause our conversation with the First Baptist Church of Safety Harbor. Based on what I knew, I truly believed that we would receive more clarity by the middle of February regarding our next steps. Unfortunately, we will need to continue waiting for a definitive answer in this particular circumstance. So, in moments of uncertainty and waiting, God invites us to come together in prayer. 

Here’s what we have in store as we wait on the Lord this March: 

  • Prayer Gatherings at 7 pm on 3/10 & 3/24 at the First Baptist Church of Safety Harbor
  • A helpful resource by Michael Reeves called “Enjoy Your Prayer Life”
  • Special time devoted for prayer in our Sunday gatherings 
  • Weekly prayer prompts and devotional thoughts through social media

So, will you join me for a brief but important season of prayer this March?