|“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7” …
“The older I get, the more I’m learning that prayer is not a monologue. It’s a dialogue. I’m discovering more and more that the real need in my life is not for God to hear from me, but for me to hear from Him” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“As it is written, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”‘ Romans 9:13
What do you do when God obviously shows favoritism, seemingly at your expense? How should Esau have responded to God’s commitment to Jacob in spite of Esau being the older brother? How should Saul have handled God’s rejection of him in favor of David? If you are a follower of Christ you know that you are an object of His grace. “Even when we were dead in our transgressions, God made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”432 All followers of Christ freely admit that they are unworthy of God’s grace. You may not mind saying that you don’t deserve His grace when you already have it, but can you say the same thing if you don’t have it?
How would God have responded to Saul if he agreed with God that he was unfit to rule Israel, and therefore spent the rest of his life preparing David for the Throne? Any answer is conjecture, but we do know that God delights in humility and a contrite and broken spirit. “God, I don’t mind losing my kingdom, but I do not want to lose you. If nothing else, give me the crumbs from under the table.”433
Throughout the Bible God shows favoritism, starting with the nation of Israel, and including those elected by His grace. If you cannot emotionally handle the thought of God having favorites that do not necessarily include you, you will be unable to have a satisfactory relationship with Him.
432 Ephesians 2:5
Daniel 3-4 1 John 5 (New King James Version)
1 John 5
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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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