Charles Spurgeon: Needs To Open Our Mouths
Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. – Psalm 81:10
What an encouragement to pray! Our human notions would lead us to ask small things because our deservings are so small; but the Lord would have us request great blessings. Prayer should be as simple a matter as the opening of the mouth; it should be a natural, unconstrained utterance. When a man is earnest he opens his mouth wide, and our text urges us to be fervent in our supplications.
Yet it also means that we may make bold with God and ask many and large blessings at His hands. Read the whole verse, and see the argument: “I am Jehovah, thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Because the Lord has given us so much He invites us to ask for more, yea, to expect more.
See how the little birds in their nests seem to be all mouth when the mother comes to feed them. Let it be the same with us. Let us take in grace at every door. Let us drink it in as a sponge sucks up the water in which it lies. God is ready to fill us if we are only ready to be filled.
Let our needs make us open our mouths;
let our faintness cause us to open our mouths and pant;
yea, let our alarm make us open our mouths with a child’s cry.
The opened mouth shall be filled by the Lord Himself.
So be it unto us, O Lord, this day
Sometimes our prayers may feel like this. We yearn for that yummy prayer to be answered in order to satisfy a pressing need. Instead of the certainty that it will arrive without delay, however, we feel like the Giver is looking in the other direction. But, make no mistake. God hears your every prayer. And in His perfect timing and way, He will answer. In the meantime, keep praying! “And Jesus told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).