“Go and inquire of he Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because our fathers have not obeyed the word of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us. Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the Prophetess Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. Se lived in Jerusalem in the Second District.” (2nd Kings22:13-14)
Josiah sought t know the meaning of God’s written Word for his day. He found it by inquiring of God. Bible study should always b e accompanied by prayer.
Inquire of the Lord by the high priest came through the Urim and Thummin. Because the Northern Kingdom was separated from the Temple, God spoke through prophets, whose only credentials were the accuracy of their prophecies. Jehoshaphat wanted to inquire of a true prophet of the Lord, but the true prophet was out of favor with Israel’s king. Prayer indicates a willingness to hear God’s truth.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, one of the best privileges that we have, is the opportunity speak with You and share what we in our hearts and minds. Too many people have forgotten that prayer is powerful and a direct communication and feel either too ashamed or have feelings of not being good enough to talk with You. They are no longer being taught the simple fact, that we honor You by our bringing our troubles, our concerns, and our thanksgivings and praise in response to You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Never take the advice of your fears.”
“I know O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice—-not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing, Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob; they devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.” (Jeremiah 10:23-25)
Discouraged, Jeremiah prayed for guidance. Verse 25 is repeated in Psalm 79:6-7. There the appeal is clearly for justice.
Jeremiah sought justice for the nations and correction in his own life. Troubled times call for prayer seeking God’s changes for our lives, to realign us to His will.
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Revelation22:20–21)
The last two verses in he Bible are prayers. The Christian church lives with the expectant prayer that the great hopes of Revelation will come to pass sooner than later.
Beloved, God’s people while in bondage in Egypt prayed and prayed for deliverance. God sent Moses to Egypt to seek Pharaoh’s agreement to release his slaves, so that they could then come to the Promised Land. Moses told the people that God had heard their prayers, and planned to bring them to the Promised Land with Moses as their humanly leader. The Exodus was only a 40 day trip; yet they took 40 years to make the trip, because of their rebellious attitudes. Today, we have people who refuse to use the most precious gift of prayer, to honor God and to seek His will for them. Things have to change, and if the church is not preaching and teaching Biblical truth, then when Jesus comes a second time, people will not be prepared for their accounting that will come to them.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asked Peter. ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.’” (Matthew26:40–41)
The disciples’ deliverance from temptation was important to Christ. He knew their danger and warned them that willingness of spirit was not enough. The disciples needed moral strength, strength of spirit. Such strength comes from prayer.
The statement that the “disciples needed moral strength, strength of spirit,” was an essential lesson for Jesus to take back to heaven. He experienced humanity as only He could and so His understanding is essential to granting us forgiveness when we fall short of expected duties. This lesson is also one we need to understand. We have prayer as a hotline to Almighty God, yet it has been reduced to a last resort, not the first action we need to take in any situation. Prayer is our strength in the past, is today and always will be. Use it!