Forty Days of Prayer – Day 19
Yesterday we pondered Paul’s words to the Thessalonians when he asked them to pray continually. Last evening thinking of this and if there were any good examples of someone praying continually. Then I began pondering the words of young David in 1 Samuel 17.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (1 Samuel 17:45)
This is a famous chapter of scripture because young David comes to the battle front to visit his brothers. There he hears about Goliath and the challenge he is making to all of their troops. Goliath is taunting the Israelites as cowards because they refuse to come out and battle him alone. What I remembered was the fact that David in this chapter never says a formal prayer before going into battle, but the name of the Lord is on his lips with everything he says. “Who is this, who defies the armies of the living God.” (verse 26) When talking about being shepherd, he recounted God’s protection. “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (verse 37) Also David’s last words before the battle, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s.” (verse 47)
Every time David opened his mouth in this chapter the name of the Lord was upon his lips and I am sure upon his heart. All of the other soldiers who ran from this battle were only focusing upon Goliath. He was the biggest guy they had ever seen! All David could see was God, and he knew that He was on his side. This is the result of praying continually. The Lord is a part of everything David says and thinks. Then, amazing things happen.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Lord, help me to pray. In prayer I am reminded that you are with me, your grace covers me and that my greatest obstacles are small in comparison to you. Thank you for all of your promises and blessings. Amen.