Years ago I listened to a sermon titled “The gold, the girl and the glory!” The gist of the message was this: young shepherd boy David’s motivation for coming up against Goliath was impure but he still prevailed. I hope you can understand how deep the offence was in my spirit! Goliath stood up against the kingdom of God and David would have none of it!
In teaching his disciples to pray, Jesus began “’Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
In Isaiah chapter 37 we read Hezekiah’s prayer after the king of Assyria had openly threatened Jerusalem’s destruction if the people refused to join his kingdom. Hezekiah took the right posture when he prayed “Now, O Lord, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God.”
When sin destroys our loved one’s lives, or evil rears its head in our midst, when news of unjust suffering comes to our ears, should we not be offended as David was when he heard the blasphemy of Goliath! Should not our first course of action be to appeal to the God who can, the Great I AM?
“Give us this day our daily bread” Jesus taught us to pray. When the disciples found Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman at the well they urged him to eat something. His reply? “I have food to eat that you know nothing about”….”my food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” Is this what we pray for when we ask for our daily bread, that we could share in the coming of his Father’s kingdom?
May all our prayers emanate from a desire to see his Kingdom fulfilled, and may we know God’s forgiveness as we forgive others, and escape the temptations that can render us powerless!
Blessings to all in Christ’s name!