Daily Devotional, Year 3 – April 19 (David’s Secret Strength: Prayer! Part 2: “Begging & Pleading! Pleading & Begging!”)

By admin On July 23rd, 2016

 

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – April 19

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David’s Secret Strength: Prayer! Part 2: “Begging & Pleading! Pleading & Begging!”

To read Part 1, go here…June 15th (David’s Secret Strength: Prayer!)

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A certain caller to a Bible Question & Answer call-in talk show was indignant at the thought that God would require a New Covenant Christian to beg and plead for God’s mercy…“That’s Old Testament!”, protested the caller.

 

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“LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY!”

Luke 11:1

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The fact is, there are many sincere persons who wonder, “Just how should I pray?

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Should I always kneel?

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Or should I be standing?

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Should I pray out loud?

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Or should I pray silently?

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Should I lift my hands up in the air?

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Or should I fold my hands together?

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And should I beg and plead?

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Or should I ask confidently?”

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Well, obviously, the Bible has the answer to every such question.

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“WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE?”

Romans 4:3

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So let’s go to the Bible, to find out what it says about begging & pleading for God’s mercy and http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_book_magnify2.svgdeliverance.

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Listen…“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

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Well right here we see that we are to come boldly to the throne of grace.

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So there we have it! Why even search any further? This is the New Testament attitude that every Believer should have!

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No begging and pleading called for!

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OLD TESTAMENT BEGGING & PLEADING

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But why then does the Old Testament have so many verses which call for crying http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-Davidout and pleading for mercy?

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Listen to the Old Testament…“Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for Thy mercies’ sake. For in death there is no remembrance of Thee: in the grave who shall give Thee thanks? I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.” Psalm 6:4-6

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From this passage we get the very opposite counsel. So what’s going on here!?

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ALL SCRIPTURE! NOT JUST SOME!

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Maybe, just maybe the Old Testament was written for the Jews and NOT for Christians. Do you suppose?

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But listen to Paul…“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2nd Timothy 3:16, 17

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So Paul is revealing that ALL scripture, not just SOME scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness.

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So then, why does the Bible seem to contradict itself?

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NEW TESTAMENT AGREES WITH OLD

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Is there anything from the New Testament that agrees and confirms these Old Testament https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Angel_prayers.jpgadmonitions regarding begging and pleading for God’s mercy?

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Well, actually there is! 

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Listen…“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God….Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 5, 8-10

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So here we have the answer to our dilemma. In the case of worldliness, James counsels us to “be afflicted, mourn and weep, let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness”.

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“A TIME TO WEEP & A TIME TO LAUGH”

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And so, there are different situations in this life for those who are seeking after God.

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As the Wise Man said in Ecclesiastes, “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”…

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So here is seen that the Christian goes through varied circumstances which changes his or her stance toward God.

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For the truly born again Christian, there will be many times when that Christian can speak joyfully to the Father as a loving child.

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“I GO MOURNING ALL THE DAY LONG”http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-David

Psalm 38:6

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But then, there may be other times when pain or grief is so great that all one can do is utter the words, “Have mercy, have mercy, have mercy!…”

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“RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH”

2nd Timothy 2:15

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Therefore, this little devotional hopefully gives a better understanding of how the Bible http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgstudent must carefully and prayerfully strike a balance when studying God’s Word.

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Different situations call for different approaches to God.

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We must not make one passage the sum total of our understanding on any issue.

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The entire Bible must be searched and “rightly divided”

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Listen…“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2nd Timothy 2:15

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TO READ PART 3, GO HERE…July 21 (David’s Secret Strength: Prayer! Part 3: “Soaking In The Psalms!”)

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“BEING HUMBLE BEFORE GOD”

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THE READER IS ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THIS 20+ MINUTE AUDIO BIBLE STUDY FROM JEREMIAH & JONAH CONCERNING OUR HUMBLE ATTITUDE BEFORE GOD. THIS STUDY (#221) IS CONDUCTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a fervent Spirit, that my Christian experience can have the same fervor that Christ had during His earthly sojourn…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… February 1st (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?!), or you can also read… January 10th (Why Doesn’t My Christianity Work?)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ANOTHER HEAVENLY HOBBY: PRAYER-WALKS

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Now if you’re fortunate enough to be able to go on nightly walks, and you live in an area where you can safely view the stars, here is another Heavenly Hobby which Signs Of Heaven endorses…

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Why not combine star-watching with prayer, as you walk? What a great way to draw closer to God!

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It cannot be over-stressed, just how wonderful it is to walk under the dark canopy of Heaven, while lifting up one’s heart to our Heavenly Father! There is a closeness to God that cannot be described with words!

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(And even if you cannot safely do this, you can always do such prayer-walks in the daytime, in a safe place, such as a mall, which is every bit as effective, prayer-wise.

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And for those who are in confinement, one can view these starry signs on the Internet, or simply listen to Scripture on audio.

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Either way, all such may enjoy God’s richest blessings at this very time in which God is pouring out all Heaven’s treasures upon anyone willing to forsake all, and follow Jesus!)

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THRICE-DAILY PRAYERS

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Now of course, the Bible commands us to, “pray without ceasing“. The Christian is tohttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-081218-M-4507D-001.jpg constantly talk with our Heavenly Father throughout the day.

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But the Bible also holds up the godly life of Daniel, who, when captive in Babylon, still set aside three times daily, in which he knelt for special prayer.

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And furthermore the Bible also says… “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:17.

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Even those who are bed-fast or in a prison cell can begin to imitate Daniel in this way. And if one is fortunate to be able to walk, then this thrice-daily prayer regimen can be combined with three walks daily and even nightly.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars” or you can also read… “Discovering Bible Constellations (Part 1…A personal timeline story) 1988”

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TOMORROW:

April 20 (Jacob’s Trouble, Part 6: “Let The Old Man Live!?”) 

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

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THIS STUDY #109 IS PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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YOU CAN ALSO GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK TO LISTEN…www.familyradio.org

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