As many of you know, JC Hall is an evangelist and missionary. He works with Islander Evangelistic Ministries preaching the gospel and taking help to Haiti. IEM travels with supplies to Haiti on sailboats each November and remains through April (6months), returning to Florida to earn money and support to fund the mission. IEM always has a presence in Haiti year round supporting pastors and a children's feeding program, so the mission and the need is year-round. IEM also has a summer conference and training in Northern Haiti in the month of July.
In the Scriptures we have several examples of how we can pray for each other (eg. Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-12,). But as I have read through the Psalms these last few months I have noticed some ways that the Psalmist prayed for himself. They are worthy of our consideration and imitation.
We should pray for the inclination of our hearts.
"Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!" (Psalm 119:36) All of us would have to admit that there are times, when our hearts are just not in to doing what we know that we need to do. We sometimes say, "my heart is just not in it" or "I just don't feel like it." Sometimes we just don't feel like reading the Bible or praying, or worshipping. Our hearts are suceptable to being captured by the material things of this world, in such a way, that our appetite for spiritual things becomes weak. In those times, we may feel alieneated from God, but it is in those times that we need to cry out to Him, to do a work in our hearts! The Psalmist evidently knew that experience. So he prayed that God would incline his heart toward the Word of God, and away from selfish gain or covetousness.
The Holy Spirit in Scripture presents an unvarnished picture of the people of Scripture. We see not only the positive things about their lives, but also their weaknesses, faults, and sin.
King David of the Old Testament is no exception. He comes on the scene of Israel as a young shepherd boy, who against all odds, and above all his brothers, is chosen by God to be the king of Israel. We see him used by God to fell the great giant Goliath, with nothing more than a sling and five smooth stones. We hear his heart for God in the Psalms. We are told that he is a man after God's own heart. We hear the women of Israel sing, "Saul has slain his thousands, but David his ten thousands." Yet we also see his adultery with Bathsheeba, and then his plotting to have her husband murdered to cover it up.
Our assesment of the character of David would be a mixture of assets, and yet very serious liablities. We would not conclude that he always obeyed the Lord.