For the last few weeks , our pastor has been taking us through prayer in the Old testament during our mid week meetings.
These are some of the things that I learned:
1-Moses’ tireless intercessory prayers were a dialogue not a monologue.
2-Willful prayer is getting our own way in prayer as a judgement from God . We saw that in the life of Balaam .
3-Grief and prayer are , or should be , profoundly linked .Grief that does not find its way to God in prayer cannot be addressed and healed .
Yes, this we learned from the prayer life of Job as well as
” I would not suggest that believers aught to “model” their grief after the pattern of Job or anyone else .I would insist , however , that when believers find themselves grieving like Job , they are in good and godly company.
Grief is a highly individual thing . It differs just as persons differ-in temperament , experience , dependency , spiritual condition. For some there comes instantly a peace and a reigning calm. For others this peace is hard-won. Before calm may be emotional collapse, a response perfectly natural and not to be condemned. Whichever occurs, God Has a way of making Himself especially read to us in our times of acute emotional need (Ron Horton; see Mood Tides).
Last year Lily showed a lack of desire in praying her night time prayers. After some probing this was her answer :
” What if He says no “!