Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: 2 Samuel 23:1-7
Key Verses: “The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.” 2 Samuel 23:2
Can you imagine being able to say that God’s Words were in your tongue? What a testimony this would be! And yet, this was David’s final testimony.
In my finite human mind, it’s hard to imagine having such a close relationship with the Lord, yet that is exactly what He desires, and even requires, of all of His children. In our own strength, this is impossible. Yet David, although human and erring, could claim this testimony. In fact, despite his great failures, he was known as being a friend of God.
God wants this relationship with us as well. It doesn’t mean our lives will always be perfect. It doesn’t mean we won’t ever make mistakes. It means that when we do, we will repent and return to Him in all humility.
Isaiah 57:15 tells us, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
As I was reading in Ezekiel the other morning, I could not help but think of the upcoming General Conference Session and how God is calling us all to deeper heart searching and repentance, that He may dwell with us and that we would be His friends, just as David was.
“Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’ When they come there, they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it. And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be my people, and I shall be their God” (Ezekiel 11:17-20, NASB).
As individuals and as a church, we must allow God to rid us of all that is detestable in His eyes and to fill us with His Spirit. For apart from Him, and without this filling, we can do nothing.
Business must be conducted. Decisions must be made. And this is as God would have it. However, Inspiration encourages us, “Let those who attend committee meetings remember that they are meeting with God, who has given them their work. Let them come together with reverence and consecration of heart. They meet to consider important matters connected with the Lord’s cause. In every particular their actions are to show that they are desirous of understanding His will in regard to the plans to be laid for the advancement of His work” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p. 256).
When we come together, we are coming together to meet with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Let us not pass by this solemn responsibility. Let us pray that the Lord’s words would be in our mouths and that our hearts would be humble before His throne, and that all sin would be put away from our hearts.
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Gracious Father, as the General Conference Session comes closer, we continue to pray on behalf of our leaders and church. We are facing many challenges, but our biggest challenge is that we all need a deeper and closer walk with You. Please help us to remove the idols and detestable things we’ve embraced in the world, and help us to put compromise behind. Help us to humble ourselves before Your throne, that the meditations of our hearts will be acceptable in Your sight. And may the words we speak be from You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
By Kat Taylor
(To read another inspiring devotional by Kat titled, “I’m Saul, Lord make me Paul,” click here.)