2 Kings 18:9-19-37; Psalms 46, 80, 135
O Lord God of hosts, how long will You be angry with the prayers of Your people? (Psalm 80:4)
The psalmist goes on to say that God’s people have experienced hardship and grief, they’ve become objects of contention to their neighbors, and laughed at by their enemies. Then the psalmist says,
O God of hosts, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. (verse 7, emphasis mine)
Do my prayers anger God? Do I pray out of selfishness, or pride, greed, or laziness? I am reminded of the great responsibility we who are God’s children have. If we want our nation, and our world saved – we’d better learn to pray.