Prayer Found in the Heart The first part of this chapter is God speaking to David; the last part is David praying to God. Of all the things he said, here is the core. It’s the anatomy of real prayer. II Samuel 7:27 “For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house:...
The Battle is the LORD'S I Samuel 17:47 “And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.” The Philistines were twice as tall as the people of Israel. Even with King Saul head and shoulders above everyone else in Israel,...
A Neglector Before His Preserver You may think I’m coming down too hard on Job in saying he’s a neglector.  Yes. He was righteous before God; he was respected by others. He was not perfect.  He said it himself.  “I have sinned.” That’s a hard thing to say, but Job said it.  Open your heart as you read this.  It will sound...
Traveling The King’s Highway “And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amonites, saying, Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into thy fields, or unto the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along the king’s highway, until we be past thy borders.” Numbers 21:21-22 Israel’s...
I Shall Be Satisfied When I Awake Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” This is the conclusion of a prayer of David, and it ends with a statement of assurance.  Regardless of what others thought, he decided that as for him he would be satisfied. He...
She Crieth After Us Everything Jesus did and does is for a purpose.  This story is a powerful example for us to follow.  The disciples said this woman “crieth after us.”  The important thing for us to remember is not how badly we want this or that but how much we want the Lord.  If you marry for money, you have...
Peter’s Sworn Statement Acts 12:1-11 Down through history there have been some remarkable prison breaks, but here is the most extraordinary.  It took place without the prisoner’s help.  He was broken out by someone being on the inside and the outside at the same time.  Peter didn’t realize it until it was all over, but...
I Have Trodden the Winepress Alone This scripture is practical and pertinent for our day, for our situation.  Keep this in mind.  We can face tomorrow if we remember that the winepress we’re in today has already been trodden. Isaiah 63:1 “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in...
Why Us and Not Everyone? Back at the supper table in the upper room an interesting question was asked by a disciple who doesn’t have much recorded about him—Judas, not Iscariot, or Jude Thaddeus.  He was the son of Alphaeus and the brother of James the Less.  His name means compassionate and tenderhearted.  He asked a...
That Thy Faith Fail Not Luke 22:31 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into...