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Those Aha Moments

Last week I shared George Mueller’s insight into prayer. I encouraged you to read or reread his story. Most of you probably didn’t. Here it is again.
It is long. But even though I wrote it, I gained much from re-reading it—conviction for one, inspiration for another. So press the link to read that article.
Today's article is about the application of last week’s article. So if you have not read that one, here’s the link.

As I used the Scripture to focus my prayers, I wondered if this would work—since I wasn’t in the Psalms where it is easy to worship and focus, I was in 2 Samuel 24. 
I’m glad I persevered with starting where I was reading.
Chapter 24:1 Now again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, ‘Go number Israel and Judah.’
Joab tried to persuade the king not to, but David insisted.
As a result, (they were told by God not to number the people), God offered David three punishments. Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land? v 13.

There had been no record of any defeats while David was king, with the exception of the internal wars when his sons fought for kingship.
David choose. I am in great distress. Let me now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man. V 14.

So the death angel was sent.
But still David prayed.
The death angel stopped at the threshing floor of Araunah.

And David approached Araunah to burn offerings.
He requested to make an altar there on Araunah’s threshing floor. When Araunah offered everything to David, David responded, 
I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.

Notice the aha moment:
Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

Why is it an aha moment for me?
Aren’t we in a plague?
I have prayed for those sick with COVID. 
I have prayed for protection for those not sick with COVID. 
I have prayed for our leaders and government as they handle the COVID.
I have prayed for our world as it has changed because of COVID.
BUT I DID NOT PRAY FOR GOD TO REMOVE COVID.

I shared with others about the aha moment.
I thought we could all begin praying for it together.
The one leader's response was that it was a good thing to pray about.
God doesn't instruct us all to do the same thing.
I know God doesn't impress upon everyone to focus on the same thing, but the world is focusing on COVID. That's all anyone talks about.
Shouldn't that concern everyone?

Another aha moment (I will spare you all the moments in between) came in 1 Kings 8:37-44 when Solomon had finished building the temple and was dedicating it to God.

If there is a famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locus or grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is, whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands toward this house; then hear in heaven Your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men, that they may fear You all the days…

Also concerning the foreigner, for they will hear of Your great name and Your mighty hand and of Your outstretched arm….in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear You. 

For such a great magnitude as stopping a world-wide plague, I would need the help praying, wouldn't I?
But these verses say, prayers made by any man (Singular.)
God still will hear just my prayer and can if it pleases Him, stop the plague—for His glory.

I will continue to pray. If no one prays with me.
Maybe God will lead you to pray with me. I hope so.
But I know it does not take two, for God to hear.
I will persevere.


Have any aha moments over something God taught you? Want to share?

I've had many of those moments lately, feel the Lord knows I've really been needing His help. I look back and can hardly believe all He has done, feel so loved!

I'd be glad to help you pray. And yes, I've had some pretty major aha moments in my life! But as soon as you ask, my mind goes blank. The same thing happened a couple of weeks ago when you wrote about your God moments. My spirit said, "Yes, that's exactly how God is!" But trying to remember stories was hard. Some days, trying to remember anything is hard, but always it's possible to remember that God is good and very, very kind.

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