“May God deal with Abner, be it ever so severely, if I do not do for David what the Lord promised him on oath and transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish David’s throne over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beersheba.” (2nd Samuel3:9-10)
This a vow that Abner attempted to carry out. A vow made to accomplish God’s will is admirable. However, a vow made in anger and jealousy can be sinful.
Saul had uttered a prayer from a murderous heart, which God could not answer. The language of prayer can become everyday language not used consciously as prayer. Using God’s name in such a haphazard fashion, can break the commandment. Thus, the language of prayer should be used only as a serious effort to communicate with God from a sincere heart.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we understand the significance of sincerity in our prayers, and the importance of not being highly emotional, for it can cause us to pray in less than a sincere manner and put us in jeopardy of causing us to sin. This would then create more of a problem than we had in the beginning. It is in Jesus’s name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“An ‘offense’ between your and your neighbor creates a ‘fence’ between you and God!”
“We do not want yo to be uniformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so hat we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” (2nd Corinthians1:8-11)
Paul considered his helpers in prayer to be real partners. By establishing prayer partners, their efforts would continually be in the prayers of their partners. Thus, their prayers helped deliver he and those who helped in further his ministry in Asia.
Prayer partners participate not only in intercession but also in thanks giving as well. No one should ever seek to deny those persons who care to keep them in prayers, that God would continue to protect them and bring them safely back home.
“All Israel aliens and citizens alike, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord, facing those who carried it—-the priests, who were Levites. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in from of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord had formerly commanded when He gave instructions to bless the people of Israel. Afterward, Joshua read all the words of he law—-the blessings and the curses—-just as it is written in the Book of the Law.” (Joshua8:33–34)
Blessings ensured a new nation in a new land that the God who brought victory could and would guide successfully through the repeating processes of daily life.
God’s people need reassurances that they stand under His daily care, as He did for the Israelites. This was made possible, because the people were had the attitude of repentance and obedience to Almighty God and the protection that He provides.
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.’” (Luke 19:46)
God’s house was designed to provide free access to God not to oppress and distract people away from God. Instead of concentrating on making money, those who appear at God’s house are to seek God’s glory.
The prophets words (Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11) are a revelation of God’s will, acted out by the Christ. Christ used parts of two Scripture texts to reveal the total Scriptural application and to reveal Himself as purifier and Lord of the Temple.