• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 2, 2021

Daily Reading: I Samuel 21-24

1 Samuel 23:2 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.

When reading about the life of David, sometimes an important part of his life is overlooked. Yes, he was a man of cunning, yes, he was a man of action, yes, he was a man of courage, and yes, he was a man of prayer. David prayed. He was a man of prayer. This attribute is highlighted in chapter 23 of I Samuel. Four times this man prayed, and four times the Lord answered him, leading and safeguarding him. But wait...speaking of safeguarding him there is an additional bonus at the end of the chapter. One that I believe was the direct result of David's prayer life, yet something he didn't even pray about.

David asked the Lord if he should go to Keilah and smite the Philistines. The Lord said yes. David then told his men of this. In response, the men said that they were afraid there in Judah, and that they would also be afraid to go against the Philistines in Keilah. David prayed to the Lord again, and the Lord once again gave him assurance that He, the Lord, would deliver the Philistines into his hand. This seemed to quell or at least assuage the fear of David's men. They must have known that their leader was a man of prayer.

David and his men did deliver Keilah from the iron grip of the Philistines. When King Saul heard that David was in that city he believed that God had delivered David into his hand and called his people to war. Saul didn't pray about this, not according to Scripture, but David did. He prayed once with a few questions, the Lord only answered yes, Saul would invade Keilah. David, then, prayed again asking the Lord specifically if the people he just delivered from the Philistines would turn him over to Saul. The Lord said they would. What a bunch of ingrates!

Having the Lord give him this information, he and his men skedaddled from Keilah into the wilderness. Four times David prayed, and four times the Lord answered him.

But wait! Later in the chapter the Lord delivered David from King Saul when Saul had the upper hand. David was surrounded and things looked dire. Just at the right time, one of King Saul's messengers came to him with the news that the Philistines were invading the land. Therefore Saul had to return to defend his land, leaving off the certain capture, and perhaps death, of David. David did not pray to the Lord about this latest threat, but God delivered him anyway.

The lesson is, pray about everything knowing that God can, and will, take care of a myriad of difficulties, issues, and unknown threats that you don't even know about. I dare say that in most lives the Lord deals with much more than we ever know or can know. Perhaps in Heaven we will be allowed to see all that he has saved us from. So, pray, and trust Him for the things you don't even know to pray about.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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