Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pray Always And Pray About Everything

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished" 2 Peter 2:9

Perhaps you have experienced the protection of the Lord when you have prayed for it, or maybe, when you weren't even looking for it.  We occasionally enter into circumstances that appear quite innocent outwardly, but once we enter in, we begin to get uncomfortable and look for ways to graciously extricate ourselves from them.  The innocence of being obedient to the Lord is frequently an offense to the unrighteous world around us.

When God says to "FLEE," doing so with grace and aplomb is usually impossible.  Things can get messy and unsavory at the drop of a hat.  Fleeing is the only obedient thing to do in such cases, whether gracious or not.

This is precisely why God's Word exhorts us to pray always, and to pray about everything.  Including Him in all our plans and at every step means that He is God with us, the immortal Emmanuel.  When we look to Him for all things then we are embracing His presence and we get to bask in His Holiness.  His Peace will take over our questioning hearts, and it just does not get any better than that.

But fickle as we are, we can also trust Him to deliver us from the unexpected things that blindside us to danger.  As Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:17, "Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand."

Living in a world fallen to sin puts us in similar circumstances to Daniel.  While Satan roams about seeking whom he may devour, our God is able to deliver us!  Expect God to deliver you when you spend time with Him.  Expect God to deliver you when you are blind to the danger.  Spend time with Him, and He will supply discernment for the asking, and you will not be caught off guard.

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. - Matthew 1:23

Make time for Emmanuel to be with you all day, everyday!

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