|“…manipulation angers God; it is a manifestation of not trusting Him.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“…deliver us from evil.” Matt 6:13
David, during his years of wandering before becoming king, sought to slay the House of Nabal because of an offence committed by Nabal against him. En¬ route, Nabal’s wife Abigail intercepted David and interceded on Nabal’s behalf. When David put it all into perspective, he said, “…blessed be the Lord…. (For He) hath kept his servant from evil.”38 David realized that his intentions were evil, and that God had stopped him through the intervention of Abigail.
Most believers, during a time of introspection, realize that their experience parallels David’s. There are times in their lives when God prevents them from executing their evil intentions. So important is this ministry of God that our Lord includes the request in the prayer He taught His disciples. The individual who does not see the necessity for such a prayer probably has not taken careful inventory of his own propensities and motives.
This is one of the most important prayers in the arsenal of the believer, and something for which you should daily give God thanks. Looking back over my life I can see many occasions when my heart was intent on evil and God stopped me. It is one of the many expressions of His grace.
38 I Samuel 25:39
Exodus 16-18 Matthew 18:1-20 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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