Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Be and remain current
I'm sure if you look back, you can come up with other examples. Let's continue as I share 2 other examples:
In Joshua 2:8 - 14, we read (emphasis mine):
"Rahab went back up to her roof. The spies were still awake, so she told them: I know that the LORD has given Israel this land. Everyone shakes with fear because of you. We heard how the LORD dried up the Red Sea so you could leave Egypt. And we heard how you destroyed Sihon and Og, those two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River. We know that the LORD your God rules heaven and earth, and we've lost our courage and our will to fight. Please promise me in the LORD's name that you will be as kind to my family as I have been to you. Do something to show that you won't let your people kill my father and mother and my brothers and sisters and their families. " Rahab," the spies answered, " if you keep quiet about what we're doing, we promise to be kind to you when the LORD gives us this land. We pray that the LORD will kill us if we don't keep our promise!" (CEV)
It is evident that despite her disreptuable line of work, she had an eye and ear out for information. She knew what was in the news - not (only) the latest gossip... Because she was current, she could intercede and secure the life of her family members. She must have become a heroine in her time - because she was current...
Likewise, we must be aware of what is happening in the community, city, country, continent and even world that we live in - not the latest gossip. If we're not current, we may be praying amiss or even too late. To pray effectual prayers, you need be like the people in our second example (emphasis mine): "From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take." (1 Chron 12:32 - NLT)