Our text for this foxhole prayer was 2 Chronicles 18:31. King Jehoshaphat was not to align himself with King Ahab, and he did anyway. God was not obligated to hear Jehoshaphat’s prayer since he was in direct disobedience to the LORD. However, when Jehoshaphat cried out(shriek out in anguish), the LORD surrounded him with a Rock, the stone of help as illustrated in 2 Samuel 22: 2-3, 47, 1Samuel 7:12. The word stone in those verses is the same word help in 2 Chronicles 18:31. When Jehoshaphat shrieked in anguish, God came himself. He didn’t deliver him from a distance, but was there with Jehoshaphat in the battle surrounding him as a Rock. God is our Rock, Shield, Refuge and Savior.
Later in the service we offered up prayers for our soldiers, past and present who have given their lives as the utimate sacrifice for the freedoms we gratefully enjoy. Those freedoms include the freedom of speech and freedom of religion, to worship as we choose. We prayed for the soldiers who serve now and all families who have lost someone for freedom’s sake. May the God of comfort give the families peace and heal their broken hearts. May God encourage those soldiers who endure extreme pain and disability. May he heal their bodies, minds and families. We the people of Grace Baptist Church are deeply thankful for you and pray for you. May God be your refuge, strength and Savior.
Hebrews 6:19 tells us we have a hope which is an anchor for our soul. Hope such as this speaks of a line of credit. We are able to enjoy effective prayer because we may personally enter within the veil into the presence of God because Jesus Christ paid the sacrifice required because of our sin. Therefore, we have privilege to exercise this line of credit through prayer.
It is this hope which represents our line of credit.
During prayer meeting Pastor Kaminski spoke on Psalm 27:4. He pointed out a key word, “desire”.
The word “desire” illustrates the attitude of a farmer as he plows. He works in diligence and faith. He looks forward to the product of his labors, a fruitful field in harvest.
Pastor Kaminski said that desire is an absolute necessity in prayer. Prayer is an oral expression of one’s desire.
Desire wants a few things. So does one who prays. One wants it badly. He knows that only God can answer that want. He definitely wants God’s will in that answer. Only in fulfillment of this will there be contentment of the soul.
Do you pray with desire? The goal for this church is that each person does!
Next week on http://BiblicallyTrue.com the rest of this message will be available on MP-3 audio. It will be listed under “Desire and Prayer”.
- overcomes…1John 5:4-5
- obeys…Matthew 8:1-4, John 9:7, John 21:6
- sees through obstacles…John 11:39-41
- perceives unlimited potential…John 14:1
A Living Faith produces an Active Prayer life…”When one’s relief is likely improbable, he does well to turn to the Lord of the highly impossible.” Pastor Daniel Kaminski