Story #1. When the people cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer (Judges 3:9).
Story #2. The people cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer (Judges 3:15).
Story #3. The people cried out to the Lord for help . . . so on that day God subdued their enemy (from Judges 4:3-23).
Story #4. The Lord still delivers those who cry out to Him.
Put on the whole armor of God . . . and pray at all times (from Ephesians 3:11-18).
“Prayer is not merely another godly weapon. It is the all-pervasive strategy in which warfare is fought.”*
*adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary EPHESIANS, p. 376-377.
We wrestle, “against the rulers, against the authorities . . . against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).”
But Christ is seated at God’s right hand in the heavenly places, “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion (Ephesians 1:21).”
This, my friends, is why we pray!
Jesus loves me!
This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak,
But He is strong.*
*Anna B. Warner, Jesus Loves Me.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15).
The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
God’s Word reminds us why we say thank you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16:34).
Here’s another reason to give thanks to God:
I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness (Psalm 7:17).