Prayer

Like Abe and Sarai, if our plans are not God-centered, they’ll certainly be problem-centered. Apathetic Abe overlooks the needs of Hagar, who did only what she was told. And as always, unless sin is confessed and forsaken, it compounds itself. Proverbs 28:13~Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (NIV) When our story returns to Hagar, she has put some miles between her and the homestead, down as far as the Egyptian border. Genesis 16:8~…“Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”(ESV) Saints we cannot run from our problems of life. They will only fester and work their way into every area of our lives. 

If we are hurt, we need to tell God. If we are in distress, then we need to tell God. We need to learn how to divulge to Lord the secrets of our life, and the pain they bring, even if we are mad at Him because He already knows how we really feel. Acts 13:22~After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. (NIV) I think one reason for this description is David is his honesty in prayer. Remember Psalm 13:1 from last week ~How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (NIV) When we’re at the end of our rope, like Abe, Hagar, or Sarai, when we think God is acting too slowly and we do not want to Wait on God, we need to Divulge.

Conform to His Way (Genesis 16:9). After Hagar pours out her heart saying I’m hitting the bricks, I’m done with Sarai. Genesis 16:9~The angel of the Lord said to her, return to your mistress and submit to her. (ESV) Saints, God’s way is always the way of submission to authority, even when that authority may be unfair. Today, in our culture, we are constantly told submission is a dirty, filthy word. Listen closely, it is and always will be part of God’s planned purpose for our lives. Submitting may mean we respond appropriately to our parents, bosses, teachers, government officials, church leaders, or those who God has set over our lives. Hebrews 13:17~Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watching over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. (NIV)


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