Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12
If we are honest, most of us will admit that we have experienced seasons when the moments, days and weeks seemed to slip away without us noticing. Perhaps we were absorbed by the busyness of everyday routines, or by a difficult season when mere survival was challenge enough. Regardless, we often look back on these seasons with a sense of regret and the feeling that moments were ‘wasted.’
The book of Psalms (always a great place to start when facing the shortfalls of our humanity and refocusing on God) gives expression to this tendency in a prayer by Moses. He asks God to arrest his impulse to drift through the days, saying:
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
Easy to learn, this verse has been the prayer of countless Christians wanting to awaken to each moment they have been graced with. Perhaps today, it can become your prayer, too.
As we begin two weeks of prayer, fasting, and worship, let’s resolve to be aware of what God is doing. From the outset, let us number the days, tune our ear heavenward and determine that this season will not slip away. That we might have our eyes wide open to see that the Lord is present and active.
– “Our father in in heaven, holy is your name.”
– Take 10 minutes to praise, worship and give thanks. Use a journal.
– Ask God in worship to make you more aware of his presence throughout the day.