Saturday Week 1

The basis of Christian prayer is the conviction that God is good. However, it is one thing to say that God is good, to know it in your head. The Bible invites us to do something much better:

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Ps. 34:8)

I can know that chocolate is delicious, because someone told me. It’s another thing to taste its goodness—to know it in my experience. To taste and see God’s goodness is to discover it through the ups and downs of life—to come to him constantly with our joys and sorrows, and slowly see how he works in ways that are profoundly good. Prayer is essential for tasting God’s goodness.

In fact, Psalm 34:8 is all about tasting God’s goodness through prayer. Read the following section, and think about whether your experience of God has ever been similar:

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Ps. 34:4-8)

Because God is good, we can trust him completely when we pray. We might not know how he will respond, and we will not always understand what he does. But he does respond, and in the best way possible.

Before your time in prayer, spend some time thinking about the phrase: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Maxie Dunnam, in his Workbook of Living Prayer (p. 25), suggests thinking about each part of the phrase:

  • Taste and see that the Lord is good.
  • Taste and see that the Lord is good.
  • Taste and see that the Lord is good.
  • Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Now bring any concerns that you have to your good Father—both for yourself and for others.

Verses for further prayer: Luke 11:11-13; Romans 8:28-32.

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