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The Privilege of Prayer

By Pastor Dean Elmore, Church of God | Jun 20, 2013

In the Bible 1 Peter 5:7, it says to “Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” I think what a privilege it is to have a God who cares for us. Not for just one person but for all. Just as the Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The emphasis is on the whosoever, meaning that His gift of life is for everyone who will believe. Prayer and communication is open to the same whosoever, whoever will believe and go to God.

There is a story in the Bible about David, who became king of Israel. This story is before he became king, about how he had been forced to leave Israel because of the jealousy of Saul, who was king at that time. He and a small group of people were dwelling in the city of Ziklag. He and his men went out to battle with the ruler of the place where they were, but because he and his men were Israelites the king would not let them go with him and he sent them back home. When they got back to their place in Ziklag, they found out that an enemy had come and had captured their families, and the men were overwhelmed by grief and despair because they were outcasts from their own country and now everything — families and all that they had — was gone. They turned their anger and grief against David, as they more or less blamed him for their plight. They were angry enough that they thought about killing David.

Think about David, an outcast from his own country, not because of evil he had done, but because of the insane jealousy of the king who was ruler at this time. He had lost everything that he had, and now his own men, who had led — and these had been well taken care of by him — were turned against him. What David did is an example for us all. The Bible says, “He strengthened himself in the Lord.” No one else was with or for him; but God was there, just as He always is.

Prayer is talking with God, communicating with Him, entering into His presence. This is the privilege that God has given to us who are born again and know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He is the one who never leaves us or forsakes us. He is the One who knows our every care and need. He is the One, and the only one that can give us a peace that is beyond our understanding.

I have found He is One whom I can completely depend on, One whom I can go to with the deepest needs that I have, which I cannot share with others. This is what David did when it seemed as if everything was against him. “He strengthened himself in the Lord.” That is the beauty of prayer, that is the privilege of having and knowing a God, and there is only one God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the privilege you have because God has His arms open to whoever will believe and come to Him. Try it, and you will find the victory just as David did because when he and his men went after the enemy, they found all their family members alive and well, they got all their livestock and belongings back and they got all the possessions that their enemy had. Never forget that with God all things are possible. He loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.


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