Take It to the Lord in Prayer – Theme for 2017

In the book of Judges, we have the children of Israel fighting the children of Benjamin.

Before the first battle, the Bible records this:

…the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin?  And the Lord said, Judah shall go up first. (Judges 20:18 KJV)

So, before they went into battle they asked God what they should do.  No talking among themselves, just seeking the counsel of God.

They went into battle and things didn’t go so well.  The children of Benjamin killed 22,000 Israelites.

Did they give up?  Start strategizing among themselves?  No.

(And the children of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until even, and asked counsel of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother?  And the Lord said, Go up against him.) ( Judges 10:23 KJV)

Even after the initial massive defeat, the Israelites went back to God to ask what they should do.  They obeyed God – they did not second guess his answer.  When God told them to fight again, they did what he said even though they were defeated the first time.

And what happened when the Israelites went up against the the Benjaminites a second time?

They were destroyed AGAIN.  Eighteen thousand Israelites were killed this time.

Did they go and consult a tarot card reader, play rock, paper, scissors, or flip a coin?  No.  They went back to God to get an answer.

Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the Lord, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.  (Judges 10:26 KJV)

And the children of Israel enquired of the Lord,…Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother or shall I cease?  And the Lord said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand. (Judges 10:27-28 KJV)

As a result of their obedience the children of  Israel defeated the children of Benjamin exactly when God said they would.

What sticks out the most for me is that when the Israelites needed guidance they went to God – no one else.  They didn’t even consult among themselves.  They prayed until God gave them an answer.  And when God gave them an answer they did what he said.

When things did not go their way, they didn’t abandon God’s counsel.  They added fasting to the praying and continued to seek God’s guidance.

Christians should follow this example everyday – take everything to God in prayer.  He will give us the answers and the victory if we are obedient.

You don’t need anyone else.

You don’t need to do anything else.

Take it to the Lord in prayer.