Wrestling With A Prayer-Answering God

"Bow down Thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O Thou my God, save Thy servant that trusteth in Thee. Be merciful unto me, O LORD: for I cry unto Thee daily. Rejoice the soul of Thy servant: for unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul" (Psalm 86:1-4).

Wrestling with a Prayer-Answering God entails holy pleadings. However, it all begins with "lifting up the soul" unto the Lord with strong and fervent longings.

David aroused and exerted himself - as one who is seriously set on obtaining an object. He aroused himself to seek for divine help. This involved his entire soul - with great and strenuous efforts and with bent powers.

He pleaded with God on the basis of his own helplessness, weakness, poverty, and need.

He pleaded as the Lord's servant - His friend...devoted one...and set-apart one who was living in accordance with His law and will.

He pleaded with God as one who relied on no one else but Him - looking to Him alone -  going nowhere else for help and aid.

Finally, He pleaded with God as one who learned how to pray with importunity - all the day long...incessantly...and every day.

His wrestlings paid off. God made his heart glad by giving him the spiritual blessings he asked for.

When was the last time you wrestled with the Prayer-Answering God?