25th July 2020

Sitting Before The LORD, Talking to My Friend 

“Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said…”
2 Samuel 7: 18a 18 (NKJV)

“How’s your prayer life?” was a question which came out of the opening minutes of a recent church sermon. Sometimes that is not a comfortable question to answer. We have so many clues in hymns and the Bible on how we should talk to God and yet we can somehow manage to make prayer into such a daunting deed; but it does not need to be so.

When we have difficulty talking to a good friend, we know that our relationship has a problem. True friendship or love isn’t “never having to say you’re sorry” but rather being comfortable enough to be able to share thoughts and feelings whether you agree or not. In Chronicles we see King David showing his son Solomon the importance of this: “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him” (I Chronicles.28 :9 NLT). If we learn to know God intimately, then we will find ourselves talking to Him constantly (I Thessalonians 5:17) and including Him in all we do.

It struck me one day that it’s not our friends, parents, spouses, siblings or children that we should be pouring our intimate thoughts into but rather to God.  Just how when something good happens we think of a certain person to tell, we should think of God and we should talk to God like that; sit down with him discuss happiness, discuss sadness, success and failure, all those big things and also the little things.

King David had just been given some wonderful news from the prophet and what did he do next? He didn’t run off and find the nearest confidante, well in fact he did—he went straight to God, sat down and talked with Him. In the midst of gratitude and praise, David goes on to rehearse things that God has done in the past; almost like how a child will say excitedly “remember when you said such and such?” (Matthew 18:4)

So, how is our prayer life? 

Prayer
Father, You know everything, all our thoughts even before we can sometimes form them. Help us to remember that when we come before you, and know that we can share anything with you. Thank You in Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by Jackee Brown

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About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London, a part of Grace Communion International .

Local Congregation:
WCG/GCI London
Indian YMCA Student Hostel
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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