"Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you" - Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV).
The metaphor prayer moves mountains can appear fanciful but the reality is - prayer does move mountains! When you are faced with a mountain everything is overshadowed by its size that you can't imagine moving any further. In life one can come across mountains of financial distress or poor health, that life suddenly comes to a standstill.
King David was one person who faced mountains but then knew the power of prayer. Towards the end of his life he made an error when he ordered a census of Israel. "David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing" (2 Sam 24: 10).
For this, a devastating plague visited upon the land and "seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died" (vv 15).
Because he knew the power of prayer David turned to God. "When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the Lord, “I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall on me and my family" (vv 17). He then decided to build an altar of prayer. "David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered his prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped" (vv 25).
What challenge are you facing today? Is it as sweeping as the plague that befell Israel! There is one king who knew that prayer could prevail over any circumstances, and he never hesitated to resort to prayer and saw amazing results. Prayer does indeed move mountains, no matter what.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where faced with any mountain I turn to you and cry for deliverance, trusting in your power as ever, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!