“She said, ‘Then let the king invoke the Lord his God to prevent the avenger of blood from adding to the destruction, to that my son will not be destroyed.’” (2nd Samuel14:11)
The woman from Tekoa asked for and received an oath made in God’s name and, thus, binding by all accounts. This is an example of a personal prayer.
A vow or an oath is a pledge of faithfulness expressed in specific ways. A covenant originates in God, but a vow is a human response of faithfulness to God’s faithfulness. Later, a vow was considered voluntary, but if it is made, it becomes as binding as any contract.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, help us to clearly understand that a vow is voluntary, but if we do so is is binding beyond reproach. Guide us in wisdom, to be clear of what we vow and what we merely desire. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You cannot compromise and conquer sin at the same time.”
“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partners and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” (1st Peter3:7)
This is an example of a family prayer. The prayer of a husband and wife is important and must not be hindered by misunderstandings in the relationship. The physical strength of men should not become an obstacle to joint humility required in any praying together.
“Prayer, Corporate”: (Psalm 114:1-8)
God’s people need holy days of celebration to recall God’s great acts of salvation. Prayer may praise God by simply reciting what He has done. Such prayer gains added meaning in the context of holiday worship with a congregation. Israel celebrated the Exodus and conquest (Exodus 14; Joshua 3-4). Christians celebrate Christ’s birth at Christmas and Christ’s death and resurrection at Easter.
Second Thought of the Day:
“It is written,” he said to them. ‘My house will be a house of prayer’ but you have made it a den of robbers.’” (Luke19:46)
God graciously provided the tabernacle and the Temple to give His people access to Him. God’s house was being used in a way different from the purpose of its dedication.
God’s congregation should be more interested to prayer than in economic profits. True worship begins when we sincerely seek God. That is why God’s house was known to Israel as a ‘house of prayer.’ That principle must not be corrupted if evangelism is to be effective in the worship of God’s people. Understand?