THE PRAYER of faith to all powerful and caring God [Psalm 84:8-9] O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah. Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed.
Here the psalmist is praying for God’s favor for the king [the anointed] who was their shield.
Today prayer is our lifeline to God, through Jesus the anointed of God. He is our refuge and shield in the battles and war of life. You can stop worrying while “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” [1 Peter 5:7] The Holy Spirit prays for us when we don’t know how to pray: “26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” [Romans 8:26-27] Jesus is our mediator: “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” [1 Timothy 2:5]
Our prayer is to God who is all powerful and caring:
God’s attributes of power.
- Self-Sufficient– God does not need anything outside of His Divine Triune nature. [Acts 17:24-30]
- Infinite- God has no limitations in time, space, perfection, etc.
- Omnipresent- God is always present everywhere with the fullness of
who He is. He is present in the lives of all believers at the same time. [Psalm 139:7-10; John 17:22-23]
- Omniscient- God has complete knowledge of everything; past, present and future. [Psalm 139:1-6–also see Psalm 139:7-10 above in C.]
- Omnipotent- God is all-powerful and is able to do anything consistent with His character as God. [Ephesians 1:11b]
- Omnisapient- God is all-wise and always knows what is best. [Romans 11:33-34; James 1:5; Jude 25, Rom. 16:27, 1 Tim. 1:17, Job 9:4). ]
- Omniattendant- God is constantly attentive to His children. [2 Chronicles 16:9a, Proverbs 15:3, Hebrews 4:13] God’s attributes of care
- Holiness– God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are 100% devoted to each other in faithfulness and loyalty and trust. A The separation of holiness for disciples is having complete devotion to God and being separated from a world that disregards God. [1 Peter 1:15-16]
- Faithfulness- What God knows and what He says are true. [John 17:17]
- Goodness-Everything that God is and does is the standard for what is best. [Ps119:68]
- Love- God gives Himself to benefit others. [John 3:16]
- Mercy and grace- God’s kindness to undeserving people who need help. Mercy is God’s goodness to those who are in trouble. Grace is God’s goodness to those who do not deserve it. [2 Corinthians 1:3; Romans 3:23-24]
- Wrath- His anger toward and punishment of wickedness. [Romans 12:17-19]
Do we realize how absolutely amazing personal access to the powerful and caring God is for individual sinners saved by His grace through faith. Today “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” [Hebrews 4:16]
Whatever the situation good or bad we call on Him like Jesus the night before the cross; “Let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” [Matthew 26:39]. And “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us…. and we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” [1 John 5:14,15]
Footnotes: A- From “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Dr Heath Lambert Footnote 11 at bottom page 124.
Henry Luke 7/4/2017
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