One of the big failures in my life is that I do not pray about everything. The activity of David in 1 Chronicles 14:8-17 gives us encouragement to make sure that we pray about everything in our lives. Here is the passage.
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went out to meet them. Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim; so David enquired of God: ‘Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?’
The Lord answered him, ‘Go, I will deliver them into your hands.’
So David and his men went up to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, ‘As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.’ So that place was called Baal Perazim. The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, and David gave orders to burn them in the fire.
Once more the Philistines raided the valley; so David enquired of God again, and God answered him, ‘Do not go directly after them, but circle round them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.’ So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
So David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.
Let us run through what happens here
- The Philistines make a raid in the Valley Of Rephaim
- David prays to God about what to do. Whenever we are faced with a situation in life we should pray.
- The Lord replies and indicates what to do
- David obediently responds and defeats the Philistines. Obedience is always good.
- David acknowledges God as the source of the victory. Surely this is always good to remember. Anything we accomplish for God is only because God works to achieve such.
- The Philistines come again and raid in the Valley of Rephaim. The obvious thing for David to do now is go ahead and do exactly as he did before. After all the circumstances are exactly the same.
- But David prays again; he enquires of the Lord as to what he should do. It is such an instructive thing that David did not presume that the same would happen again. He was wiser than that.
- The Lord answers David and gives him instructions about what to do this time. The critical thing to notice is that the directions are different to those given in respect of the first raid.
- David obediently responds.
- David and his men gain the victory.
This example reminds us of the need to pray about everything. It reminds us as well as to how the Lord delights to respond to prayer. Let us then be encouraged to pray about everything.