“Then once again I fell prostrate before the Lord for forty day and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the Lord’s sight and so provoking him to anger. I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the Lord listened to me.” (Deuteronomy9:18-19)
Moses is explaining to the people, that they had so aroused God’s anger that he feared their destruction. He had been there 40 days and 40 nights, eating no bread and drinking no water, all the while they were below the mountain creating a golden calf to worship, instead of the God who had taken them out of Egyptian slavery and was leading them to the gift of the Promised Land. And yet, they could not show patience to wait for Moses to come back down the mountain after being with God so long.
In truth, it was the sin of Israel that caused their leader to fall prostrate in front of God. In all honesty, the trip should have take no more than 20 days, but because of the people’s lack of true understanding of what God was doing for them, He had to wait on them to all die off, so that their children could enter the Promised Land with a semblance of patience and maturity in their faith. We beloved, like the Israelites of this time, need to confess the sins of our worship community and seek His blessings on our service for Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, none of us is perfect; none of us have enough patience; none of us has the maturity to appreciate all that You have done for us and for our benefit. Yet, we come before Your throne of grace, trusting in Your patience, Your perfectness, and Your appreciation for how far we have come, full well knowing we still have a ways to go. We seek You in our lives, our loved ones lives and that we can all learn to love others as You love them and us. Let your love permeate within our lives, that it removes all negative thoughts and hindrances out of us, so that You can refill it with Your perfect love. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“How do you make a good day better? Make is a Godly day.”
“In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew the Lord is God.” (2nd Chronicles33:12–13)
In prosperity, Manasseh served false gods. Distress opened his eyes and brought humility, a quality essential in prayer. Answered prayer brought renewed faith in God. Beloved, when we knew before our God we must do so in faith, belief, and in humility. When we do this, God sees that we recognized Him as the source and provider of all truth. God responds not to arrogance, but in our humbleness, seeking His truth for us and His willingness to hear our petitions. He already knows what those needs are, but in this manner, He knows we are truly ready to listen to Him.
“Prayer, Humility”: (Joel1:19)
Joel was at a point whereby all that he had, had been destroyed. No fields, no water, no animals, no nothing. So Joel did what he knew he must do. He opened up his heart and spoke to God and told him, as one whom had lost everything, and in his speaking, he had humbled himself and sought help. Many times I have been asked how to pray, and my answer is for one to simply, kneel or stand, to call out to God through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ’s name, and open your heart to Him. The words that come out of your heart and not tainted by a desire to be perfect, they are words covered in anguish and a desire by the one who is praying to be heard. It is an open recognition that only God can help and the plea rings true. The same is also true with we have sought His help in some way or another, and he answers them positively, that prayer also requires us to open our hearts, to let Him know just how much we love and appreciate Him, not just for the answered prayer, but that we truly love and worship Him alone. There is no better prayer, that one that comes from the hart.
Second Thought of the Day:
“This is what the Lord says to the house of Israel; ‘See me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing. Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire; it will e devour, and Bethel will have no one to quench it.’ ‘Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord your God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.’” (Amos5:4–6, 14)
Salvation comes when we personally seek to meet the living God, not when we regularly and routinely carry out meaningless acts of worship. God, the Savior issues a personal call to the life in Him.
Going to public worship is not necessarily prayer. Public worship can turn into self-serving ceremony without God’s presence. Humble service of God and the oppressed He protects is a necessary partner to true prayer. Prayer is seeking God’s presence. Prayer results in true, meaningful life.