CONTINUITY IN YOUR WALK, another FACTOR TO CONSIDER, 30.01.20
(“PRAYER SERIES, WEEK 2, FACTORS TO CONSIDER, CONT’D)
REVIEW THE FOLLOWING IN PREPARATION FOR STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS:
THE GOAL IN THIS SERIES IS FOR THE STUDENT/READER/PARTICIPANT TO INDULGE IN A GROWTHFUL, HANDS-ON LEARNING, EXPERIENCE.
IN SO DOING, EACH PARTICIPANT IS ENCOURAGED TO:
- SLOW DOWN
- MEDITATE ON THE MATERIAL
- DRINK IN THE WORDS YOU ARE READING
- PERSONALIZE – INTERNALIZE
- CHEW, DIGEST & ABSORB
- MAKE HANDS-ON APPLICATION OF WHAT IS IDENTIFIED
From ancient times to modern times, the principles remain intact.
Blessings are natural consequences of Obedience. We need go no further than Leviticus to make this discovery:
3 “‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,
4 then I will give you . . .
14 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all . . .”
This so clearly spells out the parameters within which God’s blessings are dispensed.
All statements of “walking in,” “keeping,” indicate consistency. Consistency means continuous, ongoing, predictable practice, not occasional, sporadic behaviour. Such consistent, continuous and stable practice/walk occurs only when the heart/mind are aligned, enabling congruence and continuity between espoused belief and action.
Spoken from the heart, not just from the mouth, God’s Word can release HIS POWER. God’s Word thus prayed has unparalleled power. As Murray points out:
“The Old Testament saints understood this connection between God’s words and ours quite well. Their prayer really was a loving response to what they had heard God speak” (Murray, p.180).
Murray proceeds to use an example of one of David’s prayers: “Now, O Lord God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said” (2 Sam.7:25). Notice, there is no imposition of David’s will on God; he simply reiterates what he had previously received from the Lord. He is not trying to coerce, manipulate, or convince God of anything; rather, he is establishing his faith/trust in what God had already spoken to him, standing on it, believing that what God had promised, He would surely do, just as Abraham had done, not doubting, for he was “fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” (Rom.4:21). There has always been continuity between our walk with God, following His Word, and answered prayer; from ancient times to modern times, the pattern remains.
He asked for no more than that which the Lord had already promised, which exemplifies the effectiveness, validity and power of praying God’s Word.
In making this connection with prayer, let us look more closely at David’s prayer:
2 SAMUEL 7:
18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
19 And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O Lord God; and You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come. Is this the manner of man, O Lord God?
20 Now what more can David say to You? For You, Lord God, know Your servant.
21 For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them.
22 Therefore You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23 And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name—and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land—before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?
24 For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, Lord, have become their God.
25 “Now, O Lord God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said.
26 So let Your name be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel.’ And let the house of Your servant David be established before You.
27 For You, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You.
28 “And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant.
29 Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
Prayers are reflective of one’s relationship with the Father. They serve as mirrors, revealing our level of intimacy with the Father. Notice the focus of David’s prayers in the Psalms, and how that even when he begins a prayer with desperation and crying out, he ends up in a place of peace, acknowledging the Father, giving Him praise, glory, and honour.
CONSISTENCY & CONTINUITY, these are critical components in a believer’s walk.
When there is continuity between your walk and God’s Word, answered prayer results.
With Christ in The School of Prayer, Andrew Murray, Bridge-Logos, 1999.
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