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A Spiritually Oriented Prayer (Psalm 119:27)

Make me understand the way of Your precepts, so I will meditate on Your wonders.
Psalm 119:27

When you are in the midst of the great challenges of life, what do you pray? Trials can be such a distraction to us and can foster prayers that are very self-oriented. The psalmist reminds us that we often lack understanding regarding the “way” of God’s precepts.

The fact is that God is intentional in all He does and He has specific works that He desires to accomplish through His children.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

When we find ourselves facing complicated circumstances, we must remind ourselves that God has a plan. We need to ask God for help in understanding His precepts so that we do not miss God-ordained opportunities for personal growth and for ministry in the midst of our difficulty.

While God is very clear that trials are intended to benefit His children (James 1:2-3), it is easy for us to lose focus on God and His word and give all our attention to the fact that we are in the midst of a trial. Often this will lead to discouragement and despair.

The psalmist wants to understand the way of God’s precepts so that He can meditate on God’s wonders. Rather than dwelling on the circumstances, he chooses to consider God’s ways and purposes in all the circumstances of life.

When you are in the midst of difficulty, go to the word. Look how often God accomplishes incredible work in the midst of great trials. Recognize that trials often bring great opportunity. Don’t waste the pain you must endure. Use it for God’s glory.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1–3




Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58