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Prayer, Plain and Simple

The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household. Then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.” (2 Samuel 6:11,12)

Oh, the joys of those who…
delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do. (Psalm 1:1-3)

Sometimes people are just in the right place at the right time. Obed-edom was one of those guys, strategically positioned for blessing. He was given the honor of hosting the Ark of the Covenant for David while David figured out some transportation challenges he was facing.

Meanwhile, blessing upon blessing began pouring out all over Obed-edom and his family. It was a blessing in perpetuity, for it continued for generations, rendering his descendants with both great authority as well as great ability, passing along the blessing through their leadership.

I don’t know about you, but I desire the blessing of the Covenant to be all over my household. So what can we learn from this story? Simply this: park the ark at your house. The ark represented the presence of the Lord and the terms of His covenant, all of which were fulfilled in Jesus. So if we are “in” Him, we are joint-heirs with Him and we get the blessing that is rightfully His: namely, everything we need for life and for godliness.

Too good to be true? God is both – Good and True. In every dimension.

So worship God, seek Him, wholeheartedly, meditate on His Word, and the blessing will come to rest at your house. Get in the presence of God and park there!

Father,

Teach me what it means to love you with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. Help me to fix my thoughts on you continually. I long for the blessing of Your presence to rest on my family. How we need you! Help me to imagine with my eyes of faith what our family would look like if we all, in unison, praised and worshipped you together, inviting you into every aspect of our lives, working together as gatekeepers for your kingdom, ushering in many people so that they will discover your blessings in this life as well as the next.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

God had richly blessed Obed-edom. Obed-edom’s son …had sons with great ability who earned positions of great authority in the clan…very capable men. All of these descendants of Obed-edom, including their sons and grandsons…were very capable men, well qualified for their work. (1 Chronicles 26:5-7)

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! (Acts 16:25-26)

But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
my cry to him reached his ears.
Then the earth quaked and trembled.
The foundations of the mountains shook…
He opened the heavens and came down. (Psalm 18:6-9)

Does it feel like midnight right now even though its daylight? If it’s the darkest time of your life, Paul and Silas have a strategy that did wonders – signs and wonders – and you might want to give it a try. In the middle of their darkest night, wounded and bruised and facing more punishment and possible death, they prayed and worshipped together in the dark.

Find a friend or simply partner with Jesus and determine that you are not going to stop praising God until this long night is over. Turn on your favorite worship tunes and sing from your gut. Then listen for the rumblings… something earth-shattering is on the way, bringing a rescue plan just for you, bringing light in the darkness, strength for the weary, and hope for the hopeless.

Be patient in the waiting and don’t give up. It might not happen immediately, after all, we can’t expect results without mature and highly developed faith. That takes time, as Paul and Silas knew very well. But step by step, glory to glory we are growing in our capacity to believe for the impossible, and the impossible is becoming more and more possible, more feasible, and more imminent every moment.

Father,

In my distress I will praise and not grumble. I will worship and not whine. I will rejoice and not gripe. For you are my God. Your arm is long enough to reach into my circumstances. Your promises are still true, still available, and still in operation. Lord, I give myself to worship you, as you deserve all praise.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

“This will be the location for the Temple of the Lord God and the place of the altar for Israel’s burnt offerings.” 1 Chronicles 22:1 NLT

Sometimes our best blessings are built on the rubble of our worst failures.

David sinned against God by trying to assess the impressive strength of his army through taking a census. Nonsense! He knew that his success was only due to the power of God on his behalf, but he fell victim to the snare of self-congratulatory pride.

This was hugely offensive to the Lord, and God told Him so in no uncertain terms.There were consequences accompanying David’s actions. The hand of God’s protection was removed, and the nation fell into a horrific plague that lasted three awful days; 70,000 people fell victim. David was given eyes to see the havoc about to strike Jerusalem, thousands more about to die. He interceded, and God stopped the plague. At that very spot where the plague was quelled, David bought the plot of land for a considerable sum and built an altar. On that plot of land David’s son would build the temple – the place of blessings, worship, and intimacy with God.

Have you offended God with your pride and arrogance? Have you run ahead of Him? Have you ignored His word? Have you long forgotten His call on your life? Build an altar of worship today. God will hear your prayer, stop the effects of sin and grant you a fresh start. Heed the invitation to repentance, and find a new trajectory for your future. Pray this plain and simple prayer with us today.

Father,

I have missed it. I knew better! Yet, I completely ignored not only your voice, but the inner witness of your Spirit as well as my conscience. Lord, would you please forgive me? Would you please change my heart and cause me to grow in my obedience to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and commands? Thank you that there is no condemnation. Thank you that on this very place of my disobedience, I can build an altar of thanks through my praise to you and begin a new season in my life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. (Psalm 103:20)

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We had the pleasure of hosting five missionaries in our home this weekend. One of the young women began worshipping softly in the kitchen early one morning while I was sipping coffee in the living room nearby. The Lord spoke to my heart and I wrote this down:

“The angels tune into the song of praise and follow the sound. When they find the source of praise, they join in and partner with that source!”

As subjective beings, it’s always important to compare what you hear in your spirit to what you see in the Word of God; the Word of God trumps all. Searching the Scriptures, I found it to be true in Psalm 103:20, as stated above.

Sing His praises today. And know that the angels in the universe not only join in with you but strengthen you and aid you in your prayers, work, and pursuits for God.

Father,

I lift my voice in praise and adoration to your glorious name today, for you are worthy of all my heart’s worship. I don’t simply praise you for the benefits that come my way, although I will receive them with a heart of thanks. Ultimately I praise you because nothing is more True than Your supreme goodness. Nothing is more sane than to rejoice in You continually! You are God. You are love. You are all power, so all praise belongs to You!

You shall hear my voice today! Singing as best I can the tunes of praise and love songs to my Savior.

In His Name I pray and say Amen!

 

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