Psalm 102 – Pray For God’s Promises
The Lord will rebuild Zion; he will appear in his glory. He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their prayer. (Psalms 102:16-17)
In this Psalm the author is suffering along with the rest of his people in Jerusalem (Zion), probably after Babylon invaded and destroyed the city. Most of the Jews are without hope at this moment, but the psalmist is able to remember God’s promises to restore Israel after their overthrow and exile (Jeremiah 33). That hope doesn’t make the author want to sit back and passively wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled whenever it might happen. It gives him urgent motivation to be praying for God to bring about what he has promised quickly.
What are the promises of God you’re praying about right now? Here are a few to inspire you: “My God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). “Present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).