Admonition

R.A.T

A certain man heard his daughter praying in the basement area and so he decided to head there.When he got there he noticed that his daughter, over and over again, kept saying, “A, B, C, D, E, F, G…” all the way to letter Z. As soon as she said Amen after so many repetitions, the dad asked her why she did that and she said, “I do not know how to pray daddy and so I figured I should recite the alphabet to God and he can pick out my desires from those letters.” Awwww…how sweet😊

God can pick sense out of a confused prayer.

Richard Sibbes

That little girl’s prayer was quite confused but in her innocent state she was convinced that God could pick sense out of it! Wow! Many are the times we become hard-pressed, much as it becomes so hard to utter even a single word to God, like that little girl we are encouraged to just go ahead and express ourselves in that confusion, because God already knows!

“Answer me when I call to you my righteous God.Give me relief from my distress, have mercy on me and hear my prayer…Listen to my words Lord, consider my lament…Lord do not rebuke me in your anger…Lord…save and deliver me from all who pursue me…!” Psalm after Psalm after Psalm.

A lifestyle of complete dependence on God is what characterises the man David. Prayer was his cup of tea despite his circumstance. When in pain, he cried out to God. When in anguish, he called on Him. When he fell, he ran and held onto God and when happy and feeling fulfilled and at peace, he never hesitated to thank God! Wholehearted, total dependence on God.

Did you know that David is referred to as a friend of God twice in the Bible? Not because he was perfect or deserving of it. Actually, David failed in quite a number of ways: his leadership, his parenthood, his marriage, he even lied at some point! He deserved to be banished and cast away but instead, he was forgiven, restored, allowed to stay in power, given an everlasting covenant and was included in the lineage of Jesus! Mercy and grace in action and you are no different my friends. Your past should not condemn you to a point where you lose sight of what your future holds.

When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah 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 Keilah.”But David’s men said to him, “Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!” Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.” (1Sam 23:1-4)

Then David said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, your servant has surely heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account. Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? O Lord, the God of Israel, please tell your servant.” And the Lord said, “He will come down.” Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the Lord said, “They will surrender you.” Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the expedition. And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand. (1Sam 23:10-14)

From the above scripture we note that in both cases of David’s enquiries, God gave David a negative answer. Through this, David was able to escape. Many a times we will seek God for answers and it is expected of Him to at times give us a negative response, not to put us down in any way but to give us a way of escape; provide for us a ‘Plan B’.

Again while in Ziklag we see David enquiring of the Lord as to whether he should ‘pursue the raising party and overtake them.’ And the Lord answered, “Pursue them,you will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” (1 Sam 30:3-8)

God had to be involved in everything he did, God had to be involved in every step he took and He was not afraid that maybe God would not listen or answer him. He was open, extremely honest and very confident in Gods’ ability to promptly answer him when he called. Are you confident that whenever you call on God He answers?

Through David, we are reminded that it’s okay to be open and honest with God; in any case, he knows our hearts. He understands and searches our minds and intents and so we cannot hide from Him. God desires for us that each and every single moment we should live in total dependence on Him. Like Hannah, like Daniel and now like David,we can go to Him in all honesty as confused as our prayers might seem as long as they are sincere, focused and passionate, God hears and he listens.

Through the different prayers we have seen since last week, there is one thing they have in common: They all had a RAT😳🤣

Relax…let me break it down for you: Hannah, David and Daniel,

Revealed their hearts to God.

Always relied on God and

Talked with God for decisions. R.A.T

My encouragement to us is to present those alphabets to God like the little girl, open your hearts to God like Hannah, petition on behalf of others like Daniel and involve God in your day to day life like David did.

In our very busy day to day schedules let us make time for God. Say a little prayer throughout your day like David did: Morning, noon and night…(Psalms 55:17). Intentionally cultivate a deep friendship with God just as David did and make it a habit. I am 100% (percent) certain that you will never be disappointed. Why? Because He knows the end from the beginning. Let God not only be your Father but let Him be your friend too.

David knows that all the question marks of life were in God’s hands.He knows it was impossible to be in God’s hands and in the enemy’s hands at the same time.The gloom begins to disappear and fear departs as faith emerges in glorious triumph. This man is rising out of his resting and adversity to learn to put utter dependence on the Lord.

Alan Redpath

Prayer works! Those are perfect examples of the power of prayer.

Thanks alot for stopping by today. Always remember to make prayer your lifestyle!

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Psalm 34

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

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