Thursday, October 09, 2008

Day 21: What Prayer Can Release, Part One

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him, and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles…. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. (Psalm 34:4-6, 10)

If only the people of God could re-learn the lesson of prayer – re-learn its power and its promise! The power of prayer depends on the power of the one to whom it is addressed. King David, writing these words, knew that those who sought the God of Israel were blessed above all.

David saw the hand of God unleashed in response to his prayers. The first thing God delivered him from was his fears. (Verse 4) In fact, David is emphatic and says, “…all my fears.” The second thing God did for David and the people was transform their inner life and character. “They looked to Him and were radiant…” Only when we seek the Lord and look to Him will we, in turn, radiate His glory out of our hearts.

Prayer was a mighty force in changing the fearful hearts of the people of God!

Father, we turn to You for transformation – as we work together, fill us with Your courage and let others see Your radiance in us!

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