Pharaoh on Prayer

Pharaoh asked Moses to . . .
     “Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away” (Exodus 8:8).
     “Plead for me” (Exodus 8:28).
     “Plead with the Lord for me, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail
     (Exodus 9:28).
     “Plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me” (Exodus 10:17).

Pharaoh saw God answer prayer. So can you.

Prayer is Claiming God’s Promises

“He was very tired, but he walked bravely on through the mist and darkness, praying in his heart that the King would watch over him. And after a time he thought of some words that he had read in the King’s Book. ‘He shall give his angels charge over thee.'”*

Claim that same promise when you pray, for the Lord will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11).

*Helen Taylor, Little Pilgrim’s Progress, p. 89.

A Stranger’s Generosity

I made a new friend in our building’s laundry room last week. I had loaded a huge pile of wet clothes into a dryer, then realized I had no money. A woman noticed my dilemma, held our her laundry card and said, “Here, use mine!”

Her generosity reminds me of God’s, who gives good gifts to people who don’t yet know him.

“Before they call, I will answer”  (Isaiah 65:24).

 

Sacrifice

I read this: “Offer right sacrifices” (Psalm 4:5) and wondered what God wants from me.

Then I read this: “I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psalm 5:3).

After that I remembered we’re told to present our “bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God”  (Romans 12:1).

Prayer is preparing yourself to be a living sacrifice for God.