I am intrigued by the postures people assume when they talk to God. In an earlier article, I detailed six prayer postures we would do well to emulate. As important as these postures are, they serve merely to reflect the posture of our hearts before God.
Cooks in kitchens all across America will find themselves gathering all of the ingredients necessary for their favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes. Many will rely upon the traditional recipes handed down for generations. The biggest challenge is not to forget a key ingredient for that favorite dish. A missing ingredient determines whether diners consume the dish or you place it in the leftover container.
Prayer ceased to be thought of primarily as worship and became rather the best means for the fulfillment of human need.
–Iain Murray, Revival & Revivalism
This quote from Iain Murray describes a shift in American Christian thought in the 19th century as it related to the subject of prayer and the working of God.
When the prophet Nathan confronted King David about his prodigal or riotous actions, David cried out to God in Psalm 51. His prayer included confession and asking for God’s forgiveness. But the question must be asked, upon what basis could David make such a request?
King David was forced to face his death deserving sin by the confrontation of the prophet Nathan. Deep conviction stirred the heart of the one who God would later call a man after my heart (Acts 13:22). David would cry out to God by confessing that he was guilty of transgressions, iniquity and sin.
Since God is holy, wicked men cannot hope for fellowship with the Creator…unless this holy God grants forgiveness. The penalty for sin is death, alienation or separation from God. By his own words to Nathan, David knew that he deserved death.
In Psalm 51 David repeatedly asks for forgiveness. Let’s examine the eight lines David employs in this request.