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Prayer

How do you pray?

Listen to part of this prayer from King David in Psalm 143. Then step back, be still and do what the Puritan's used to call "Biblical logic" in regard to the text.

"Teach me to do your will
for you are my God
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing
For the glory of your name, O LORD, save me."

David recognizes that God Himself must show up and reveals the truth NOT ONLY to know His will, but also for him to do the will that he knows. There is a humble recognition from King David as one described as a man after God's own heart. King David is praying "Teach me because God I understand that if You don't unveil it I will not do it."

Did you ever play hide and seek during your childhood? Do you think if God hides His word from you that you could ever find it? 2 Chronicles 16:9 says "the eyes of the LORD roam to and fro throughout the earth to find those whose heart is completely His..." Are you the type of Christian that falls before Him and prays "LORD I am desperate for You to show up and teach me!

Check out these next two verses in lieu of this kind of attitude in prayer.
Psa. 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.

1Pet. 2:2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,

In Psalm 42:1 there is the referring of a need for God to quench your thirst spiritually, in the same manner as a deer in the forest needs water to quench its thirst physically. But do you see the main point. By the way for those who are coming to "How to study the Bible" this is figurative language and technically is called a simile. That aside, the deer must get the water to survive, so my question is that the kind of dependence and reliance that you have before the sovereign God of this universe. In other words if you don't quench my spiritual thirst LORD I will not make it so please know that I am desperate for you. Read More...

A prayer of praise!

In my devotion time this morning I was struck by this prayer of praise from king David at the end of his life. There is wonderful doctrine in this prayer that leads to faithful living before our great God!

1 Chronicles 29:10-22
“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
Community members, may we as the people of God recognize that He and He alone is sovereign over all things and in knowing this wonderful truth let us bring praise and honor to His name!

12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.
Community members, anything that we have it comes directly from God. We can not boast, for it comes via His grace. Again God is sovereign over all wealth, all honor and all of life. There is such rich and wonderful theology in this prayer of praise!

13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

Community members, again and I point this out as to the purpose for the whole Bible. The purpose is that God's name would be demonstrated as great. The purpose is that God would be seen as supreme and glorious! And read how King David prays at the end of his life before the people in terms of his relationship with God. Next notice how king David compares himself. There is no comparison for everything that king David has accomplished has been as the result of God working in and through his life. And then look at his theology on the time we spend here on planet earth. Oh dear brothers and sisters, we have so little time, our days here are like a passing shadow! Read More...