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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Praying to The King

After this, David asked the LORD, "Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?" "Yes," the LORD replied. Then David asked, "Which town should I go to?" "To Hebron," the LORD answered. (2 Samuel 2:1 NLT)

Prayer is conversation with God.  It doesn’t need to be in public (Matthew 6:5-6).  It doesn’t need to be wordy (Matthew 6:7-8).  It just needs to be a conversation with God.

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. (James 5:13 NLT)

This whole series has been focused on a simple prayer: The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).  Jesus taught us to pray.  His prayer taught us to do two things: 1) Speak with God and 2) Listen to God.

David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years. (2 Samuel 2:11 NLT)

David did both.  When he wanted to know what to do, he asked God.  Should I go into battle?  Should I pursue these attackers?  Should I move to a different town?  Each time the LORD answered David.  Each time David followed the LORD’s direction.  Each time it went well for him.  It can be the same for us today (James 1:5-6).

Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. (James 5:17-18 NLT)

How about you?  Do you prayer?  Do you speak with the LORD?  Do you take the time to listen?  How are your prayers to The King?