“Is Prayer Your Last Resort?” June 16

 

Is Prayer Your Last Resort? - Are you a person of prayer? Do you pray at the first sign of a problem? Or do you first exhaust all your other options? Is prayer only a last resort?

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Kings 19, 20 & 21
Psalm 74.9-17
Proverbs 19.1-2
Acts 2.1-21

 

Is Prayer Your Last Resort?

 

2 Kings 19, 20 & 21:

 

What a great example Hezekiah was of how to respond when the odds seem stacked against us. Chapter 19, verses 14-19:

14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said. “O LORD God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. 17 Truly, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, 18 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God, You alone.

As I’ve mentioned before, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still rises up on behalf of His people. But too often instead of going first to the Lord in prayer, we exhaust all our own solutions and go to Him as a last resort! I know I’m guilty.

Notice, too, Hezekiah’s prayer wasn’t focused primarily on himself, or even the people. Instead, he prayed that God would answer, “that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God, You alone.”

When you pray is it all about you or is God’s glory the ultimate goal? I know I fall far short in this area.

While it’s not wrong to pray for relief from difficult circumstances, to be healed when we or our loved ones are sick, or for God to make it right when we’ve been wronged, we shouldn’t neglect to ask God to help us bring Him glory no matter what the outcome.

 

While it’s not wrong to pray for relief from difficult circumstances, to be healed when we or our loved ones are sick, or for God to make it right when we’ve been wronged, we shouldn’t neglect to ask God to help us bring Him glory no matter what the outcome. 

 

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

While Waiting on God

Psalm 74.9-17:

 

Waiting, Clock, Woman

Here the psalmist wonders aloud where God is and why He hasn’t answered. But he reminds himself of God’s mighty works in the past, as he continues to wait on Him.

Another great example for us of how to respond when God’s answer seems slow in coming. Instead of doubting His love and goodness, we should meditate on His attributes and allow the Word of God to strengthen our faith and trust in Him.


Avoiding Hasty Decisions

Proverbs 19.1-2:

 

Verse 2, “Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet.”

Fools make hasty decisions, while the wise man seeks information and understanding. 

 

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2.1-21:

 

Jesus had told the disciples that He must go to the Father, but He would send another like Himself, speaking of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16.5-15). Here on the Day of Pentecost that promise was fulfilled.

We receive the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus as our Savior. He lives in every true believer. He is our Helper (Jn. 16.7), Teacher and Guide (Jn. 16.13). He convicts us of sin (Jn. 16.8) and confirms the truths of Scripture to us (1 Jn. 16.15) as just a part of His ministry today.

Blessings,
Donna



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8 thoughts on ““Is Prayer Your Last Resort?” June 16

  1. Donna – This may sound strange but prayer is the first place I go when things are difficult, but when they look manageable I make the mistake of jumping in without God too many times. I look back to see if God is coming and wanting him to hurry up. I usually realize my errors when it all gets frustrating, and thank goodness we have a patient, kind, and generous Lord. I must learn to go to him first in all things.

    • I tend to do the same thing, Maree. And you’re so right … how blessed we are that He is so kind and patient with us! Have a great week-end. Blessings!

  2. Your point, “we shouldn’t neglect to ask God to help us bring Him glory no matter what the outcome” is a great insight. That should be our goal.

  3. Donna,
    That’s a great reminder to go to God first. In today’s North American culture we can get so much help. He needs to be our Go-to-guy!
    Praying you sense God’s anointing as you write.
    Be Blessed & Refreshed,
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

    • Yes, we can become lazy about it because we have all kinds of ways to take care of things in our culture. So glad you stopped by today, Sherry.

  4. Reminds me of the type of faith I want to have, that “even-if” kind of faith that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had when facing the fiery furnace. 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with us at the #LMMLinkup.

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