Today I saw a pattern in Psalm 37, a pattern I can use in my prayers as I apply Scripture to my life.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act..
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him...
(Psalm 37:3-5, 7)
I see a prayer pattern here.
TRUST (Take him at his word)
DWELL (Acknowledge my reality)
DELIGHT (Find joy in him)
COMMIT (Give him the situation)
BE STILL (Rest)
Here is how I used this. Today I read Isaiah 50:10:
...Let him who walks in darkness
and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.
I applied this truth to the prayer pattern and my day today.
TRUST: Lord, I believe that you are the light and you desire to give me your truth.
DWELL: Lord, you know that I am not sure what you want me to write today, and I am very tired.
DELIGHT: I rejoice in your light! You have enlightened me so many times and I am grateful.
COMMIT: Here is my day. Take it and shape it as you will.
BE STILL: At this point I just put my head down in my Bible and remembered that Jesus loves me.