“When David was told, ‘Look, the Philistines are fighting against Kellah and are looting the threshing floors,’ he inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’ The Lord answered him, ‘Go, attack the Philistines and save Kellah.’ But David’s men said to him, ‘Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go o Kellah against the Philistine forces!’ Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, ‘Go down to Kellah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.’” (1st Samuel 23:1-4)
Notice the first thing David sought to do before attacking the Philistines, was to seek out God’s wisdom. God told him to attack and save Kellah. David told his army they were going to attack the Philistines and his army said in Judah they were afraid and were wondering how much more they were to be up against. Again David asked God and he said, ‘God down to Kellah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand. David was a good and wise choice to lead Israel, and though he made mistakes, he atoned for every one of them. This is a model for us, that we are to pray to God about anything we are intending to do and seek out His wisdom and then follow what He tells you.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of having Almighty God listen to our prayers and when we seek His will, He will also give us direction. Those who worship wood or stone objects or animals do not have this gift. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“To put your fears to rest, place your faith in Jesus.”
“From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grace I called for help, and you listened to my cry.’ You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled bout me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said,’ I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God. ‘When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.’ Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a son of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.’” (Jonah 2:1-9)
Jonah, lime many other humans, prayed when he was riven to it. His prayer, however, indicated his understanding of the principle of obedience in relation to prayer. Sin does not have to separate us from God forever. We do not have to wait for pleasant circumstances to seek forgiveness and call to God for help. Jonah’s pray is structured like a thanksgiving prayer.
“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.” (Revelation 22:20-21)
The last two verses in the Bible are prayers. The Christian church lives with the expectant prayer that the great hopes of Revelation will come to pass soon. The Bible’s last words bless God’s people of all ages with Christ’s grace (The grace of he Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.) He is coming back one day, and no one knows when. Are you ready for Him? If not, simply pray to Jesus and tell Him you are a sinner, but you want Him to come into your heart and mind and guide your path to righteous living. Then, just ask Him for forgiveness of your sins with a penitent heart (meaning with a desire not to repeat them), and tell Him you will follow His way and seek His will for you from that moment on.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Then Jesus went with his disciples to place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over thee and pray. He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’ Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’ 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 pry so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.’ H went away a second time and prayer, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.’ When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.” (Matthew 26:36-44)
As a human, Jesus suffered physical and emotional pain. Gethsemane reveals to us the height of His emotional agony as He struggled in prayer with the Father over the events He faced, but even in His agony, He obeyed the Father. There is no prayer in Jesus’ life that reflects perfection is His humanity better than the Gethsemane and prayer. He would not, have been human if He had not shrunk from the impending cross. He made no attempt to argue His case, nor suggest other possibilities. Rather, Jesus imply prayed for God’s direction an will, noting His desire for another pathway if possible. He searched the great cosmic mind of God for another possibility, but there was no other way, so He committed Himself to the Father’s will. Beloved, prayer voices our human desires but seeks God’s perfect will and guidance about all.
One of thing of note that is important to bring to light is Jesus’ disciples’ deliverance from temptation was important to Christ. He knew their danger and warned them that willingness of spirit was not enough; they (and we) needed moral strength and strength of spirit. I pray this speaks to your hearts, beloved.