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Would you pray this?
by Ps. Bill on October 2nd, 2013

I was talking with someone yesterday who was having some feelings of despair.  They cried out to God and asked Him to speak to them.  So they decided to open their Bible and the Lord took them to the book of Job.  And the first words they came across were, “Then the Lord answered...” (38:1).  This is where God asks Job, after his complaint against God, where he was when God was creating and planning the universe.  Needless to say they were humbled.

God has a unique way of doing that when we submit ourselves to the wisdom of the Word.  I was reading Ps 7 this morning and David makes this statement in vv 3-5 which basically says, Lord if I have had anything to do with injustice, rewarded evil to a friend, plundered him who with out cause is my adversary, then let them come and trample my life into the ground and lay my glory in the dust.

We so casually read statements like this and keep reading, but how many of us are prepared to say something like this to God.  We usually come and tell Him what we want and why we should have it, we want it!  And when we do not get what we want we think Him unjust and indifferent.  If we are to learn how to pray from the prayers we find in the Word, then we need to look at all the prayers and consider what the implications are for us to pray these things.  For this is the will of God.  

For us to pray a prayer like this we need to reign in our emotions, attitudes, and mouth.  Every time we  gossip, demean someone to another, speak harsh words, keep help from someone in need, treat others with indifference... we are asking God to give them permission to trample our lives into the ground.  No wonder we do not want to pray this prayer, what if God answered it?

Let us put on hearts of humility and place ourselves in complete submission to the complete Word of God.  Not just the parts that make us feel good.  Let us listen to the Word of God found in Job 38 as God tells Job to be a man, brace yourself, and get ready to hear what God says to us.  It is not always what we want to hear, but it is always what we need to hear so that we will become a reflection of His glory, not ours.  

May you grow in wisdom and grace.
Ps. Bill


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zachary mitchell - October 2nd, 2013 at 1:12 PM
Very sobering, one of those "hmmm" moments.
Lynn - October 2nd, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Thank you for sharing God's truth and the reminder that we all have so much to work on daily. I am grateful that I have a pastor who isn't afraid to tell it like it is even when it hurts. God Bless You.

serloren - October 2nd, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Thank you for a very honest and timely word to us all. Here's hoping that this manages to become a very regular "work" of yours in blogging, as so many of us can use more teachable moments than we often get, or honestly even look deeply for ourselves.

Thank you my brother in Christ for your work in His kingdom, and your earnestness in seeking and helping us to seek His glory above our own. God bless and keep you and yours.
Betty Westen - October 3rd, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Right on! "The grass withers and the flowers fade but the Word of God lasts forever!
Christopher Sodders - October 3rd, 2013 at 5:24 PM
There seems to be a lot of verses I tend to skip over and times like that I need to repeat what King David said Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
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