What if you had the power to remove racial and social barriers? What would it be like if you could cure the issue of poverty in your towns and grant economic growth so that the financial needs of your community would be met? What if _________? You fill in the blank. Make a mental list of what you would change if you had the power.
You may be thinking, “That’s insanity to even assume I could do any of those things.” How can I even dream of such an impossibility?
We turn on the television and hear the issues in our world but because no one can agree on a solution, it’s empty talk and empty promises that are not acted upon or fulfilled. We’re in trouble guys. We all know it. We all see it. We all look around and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. We get angry and point the finger at our neighbor and our leaders. What can we do? Has it gone too far?
Many of our churches today are in decline and many of our leaders are burnt out. They suffer from high blood pressure, anxiety, and sleep deprivation; just to name a few. Families are falling apart at the kitchen table while the bills pile up and wages go down. We spend our days working on plans A, B, C, and D. Fearful that they all may fall through.. we’re scared, hopeless, and desperate for a solution.
We live in desperate times that call for desperate measures. Are you ready for the ultimate solution? Do you want to look at the issues above and face them with a fierce determination to change the world?
What if I could introduce you to someone that has the answer? This guy was a man of God that had the solution to all the problems we face today.
Stay with me.
I’d like you to meet David. He spent his life on the battlefield. David experienced fear and hopelessness like many of us today.
In I Samuel 21:12-22:1, David was in a predicament:
Saul was the King of Israel. He hated David and wanted to kill him. So, David bails. He runs off to the town of Gath where there was a King named Abimelech. He didn’t like David either. So David cooked up a plan to pretend he was crazy. Thankfully, back then they didn’t believe in killing crazy people so King Abimelech sent him away.
That was a close one right? David escaped death again. King Abimelech could of killed him.
But wait, what does David’s situation have to do with your situation or what we’re all going through right now?
Let’s jump over to Psalm 34..
Verses 1-4 say this:
“I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly seek His praises.
I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the LORD’S greatness;
let us exalt His name together.
I prayed to the LORD, and He answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.”
David knew where to go when trouble came knocking. He was just like us, he would do some of the craziest things to escape disaster and he made lots of mistakes along the way, but this guy knew where his help came from.
There was only one thing to do, PRAY.
Our weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) We can take Scripture and begin to pray it over the situations in our lives. What if we, like David, call out to the LORD? Let’s turn our desperation into dangerous prayers.
David prayed to the LORD and He heard. The LORD not only heard, but He ANSWERED!!
We need answers to the problems we face today. Let’s go to the One that gives the answers. I heard Pastor James Merritt say, “The only prayer that goes unanswered is the one we didn’t pray.”
One more thing, David also said that the LORD freed him from all his fears. Who doesn’t want to be powerful instead of pitiful? There is no fear when we rest in the One that has the power to save us from it.
I’m praying for you today. I pray that you lean into your Bible and desperately call on the LORD. Skeptical that He will listen? Try it.. I am excited to hear your testimony on how the LORD responded.
Till next time!