To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Here are some musings derived from a consideration of 2 Samuel 12:15-23. This passage tells us how David prayed for his sick child with passion, but ceased praying when the child died.

  • When there are crises in our life the best thing to do is to cry to the Lord.
  • It is not clear what David was crying to the Lord for, but he does say in v22 about the Lord being gracious and keeping the child alive.
  • There are times accordingly when the Lord says “no” to our prayers.
  • When the Lord says “no” we are not to panic, but to get up and move on.
  • There are times to stop praying for issues and people. Similarly Paul in 2 Cor. 12 speaks about asking the Lord three times to remove his thorn in the flesh, but the Lord said “no”.
  • Does this mean that we need sometime to discern when the Lord is wanting us to stop praying about a certain issue. When we have prayed and He has determined what the course should be, what are we to do?
  • I am left wondering that we should be more thoughtful about these things. For example have we prayed for long enough about certain situations and now is time to move on? I ask the question and am left wondering.
  • While David was praying about his son he does not seem to have been praying about anything or anyone else. If in church we carry on praying about certain crises for too long other issues and people can be left out.
  • There are scriptures that tell us about persistence in prayer.  In Luke 18 we read of the persistent widow for example And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off.
  • When is persistence called for and when is moving on called for?

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