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Should I Pray First?

June 12, 2017

Sermons of the Day:

Piper: Present Your Bodies As a Living Sacrifice to God

MacDonald: How to Renew Your Mind, Part 1-A


Good Morning men. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).

2 Samuel 10:1-7 NLT

Some time after this, King Nahash of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun became king. David said, “I am going to show loyalty to Hanun just as his father, Nahash, was always loyal to me.” So David sent ambassadors to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death.

But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, their master, “Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the city so they can come in and conquer it!” So Hanun seized David’s ambassadors and shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their robes at the buttocks, and sent them back to David in shame.

When David heard what had happened, he sent messengers to tell the men, “Stay at Jericho until your beards grow out, and then come back.” For they felt deep shame because of their appearance.

When the people of Ammon realized how seriously they had angered David, they sent and hired 20,000 Aramean foot soldiers from the lands of Beth-rehob and Zobah, 1,000 from the king of Maacah, and 12,000 from the land of Tob. When David heard about this, he sent Joab and all his warriors to fight them.

pray-first

In this passage we see King David trying to do a nice gesture. As we can clearly see this nice gesture was not received and treated with the same respect. This obviously made King David extremely upset and he wanted to defend the rights and dignity of his people. So he calls his army to war. So far so good right?

The difference with this battle and almost all the other battles King David went into, is that he would “inquire of the Lord”. Or in other words he would pray about it before making a decision.

This time was different for one main reason, anger. The King allowed his anger to overcome him. The end result was good, Israel was victorious, King David made it very clear to all surrounding countries that they are not to be messed with.

However, if we look on the spiritual side this type of reaction in our own lives can be devastating in the long run. We start to put more confidence in our own flesh and decision making. Not sure about you, but my decisions are not always the greatest. I constantly need the Holy Spirit to direct my thoughts and mind toward the ways of God.

My encouragement to you today is to learn to trust God more than you trust yourself. I hate the saying of the world today; believe in yourself or be proud of yourself. Although there is a tiny fraction of truth, it is not biblical in the context of self. Self talk, gratitude and a positive mental attitude and great however when we do this increasingly more without the Word of God and prayer we can get into a very gray area.

As a christian God is our source. We believe in God, and we boast only in the things of God.

Practice turning to God in all things. Start asking yourself, should I pray first? Big decisions and small decisions. Make it a constant habit to be leaning on the Lord seeking His way.

Look at what Proverbs teaches us:

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

This verse says it all, the complete recipe for having a life guided by the Holy Spirit of God. There is no promise of a problem free life. However there is a promise that God will make your paths straight.

With all the bumps and detours I have taken so far in my life, and the many more to come; that promise sure sounds great to me!

May the Lord richly bless you all this week. Cling to Him and seek Him like never before! God is waiting for you.

 

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