Prudence in Prayer
Prudence in Prayer
God wants to fill us with love, joy, and peace. These are the treasures that God places in earthen vessels. 2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. Paul says; How then is it that we continue to enjoy such unspeakable glory in a mortal body? This fact is one of the most marvelous proofs of God’s power that an earthen vessel could bear such splendor and keep such a treasure. This earthen vessel/body is the light of the knowledge of the glory of God that is afflicted with death. In ancient times mankind kept their treasures in earthen vessels so today God keeps his treasure in earthen vessels/mankind. In this passage God is telling us that we are earthen vessels that he designed that we should be filled with heavenly contents. God uses our weaknesses to portray His magnificent power and love.
As we go through our lives trusting God to provide the strength that we need moment by moment. We have no need to waste our energy wondering whether we are adequate for today’s task. God spirit within us is more than sufficient to handle the problems and adversities that may come to us during the day. This should give us great confidence. As we meditate on His word and pray trusting that His strength is all sufficient.
Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling, As we turn to God in prayer and meditation we will receive the rest in the strength that we need to continue on in this life with confidence.
The farmer is dependent upon God to control nature so that his crops will grow. He is just as dependent upon God to enable him to plow, plant, fertilize, and cultivate his crops properly. Where did he get his skills, his abilities to learn from his experiences, the financial resources to buy the equipment and fertilize his crops? Where does his physical strength to do his tasks come from? Acts 17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
Paul wrote to his friend Philemon: Philemon 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you. Paul said that he hoped to be restored, not that he would be restored. He knew that God was able to affect his release from prison so he asked Philemon to pray. This showed the confidence that Paul had an expected God to answer according to God’s purpose.
Psalm 57:2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. This is a very short prayer that David wrote when he was fleeing from Saul in 1 Samuel 26:9 asking God not to destroy Saul. Because God is sovereign we should pray. God’s sovereignty does not negate our responsibility to pray rather it makes it possible to pray with confidence.
Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. In this passage we see that God has given us a command to pray. By attributing the accident to the sovereignty of God a driver can cause an automobile accident and in his own mind not be guilty of carelessness. This attitude is not found in the Bible.
How can you discipline yourself to be more prayerful in your daily life?