Praying Through God’s Word: Judges 17-21

Judges 17:1-18:13

Lord, it’s not easy to keep on praying, “Your will be done.” Our will gets in the way. We start thinking about what we want – and we forget about what You want. We try to get the best of both worlds – pleasing You and pleasing ourselves. We become “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:4). Help us to become more like Jesus; “I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 5:30).

Judges 18:14-19:30

Help us, Lord, to “be still, and know that You are God” (Psalm 46:10) – but help us not to remain silent when we should be speaking up for You: “If you confess with your mouth , ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

Judges 20:1-28

Even when we get ourselves into a right mess, You’re still in control. You are Lord. Nothing changes that. we wonder, “Can things be turned around?” You say to us, “Yes. They can.” You say to us, “It’s not all about you. I am there with you. I have never left you. I’m not going to leave you now. Trust Me. Let My love give you the strength that you need to keep on going, when the going gets tough.”

Judges 20:29-21:25

Lord, we read, in Your Word, that “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25) – and it seems like we are reading a description of today’s world. We look around us, and we see so little love for You. Your Son is “despised and rejected by men” (Isaiah 53:3). Our Saviour is “ignored” (Hebrews 2:3). We seem to hear nothing but bad news. Is there any good news? Do You have something to say to us – something to lift us out of our darkness and into Your light? we thank You, Lord, that there is Good News – Jesus is “the Light of the world” (John 8:12). Help us, Lord, to pray that the light of Jesus will shine more brightly in our world. Help us to pray for revival – and help us to begin with ourselves: “O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee. Send a revival. Start the work in me” (J. Edwin Orr, “Search me, O God”).

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