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Friday, September 24, 2010

Behold! He Prayeth

There are examples in the Bible of how to pattern our lives. Three jumped out at me this morning. When King David was in perhaps the worst season of his life as his son Absalom sought to overthrow his kingdom, ran to the Mount of Olives. (2 Samuel 15) Verse 30 says, " And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot; and all the people with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went..."

In Luke 22 it's recorded of Jesus that as was His custom, He went to the Mount of Olives (the same Mount as David) and His disciples followed Him. In the greatest trial of His life, Christ went to the place He knew best, the place of prayer. The Prophet Daniel, as was his custom, against the entire kingdom in Babylon, the head of gold in his vision, the greatest kingdom mankind has ever known, went to pray in the direction of Jerusalem. Three times a day Daniel would open his window and talk to God. He did not change his communion with the Father for anyone.

Each of these men had a custom. In their life they developed a living relationship with the God of Heaven. They knew and were confident of who He was; just as important they were assured that He knew who they were!

In our times of trial there is great confidence in knowing there is One in the heavens who hears. His ears never grow weary. His arm is never shortened that it cannot save. He wants to be involved in our everyday life. Don't let our enemies, both spiritual and physical, change our routine of going to Him about everything.

Isaiah 43:10,11 says we are His witnesses; His servants, chosen by Him. We didn't chose Him - He chose us. He desires that we understand, know and believe He is the one and before Him there was no God formed; neither shall there be any God after Him! There is nothing else "coming down the pike". He is the ONE.

That we may know, believe and understand.

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed in the time of trouble. Those who KNOW His Name will put their trust in Him. " For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You." (Psalm 9:9,10)

He is always ready, willing and more than able!

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