Wednesday, January 7, 2015

OT DAY 122 - Prayers Answered, Resume Stubbornness (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

Let us praise the Lord:

God is our refuge and strength,    a very present help in trouble.                                   

                                             Psalm 46:1
Today's Reading: Exodus 8:8-32

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Bible Study

      Pharaoh asked Moses to pray for him two times in today's passage. After Moses prayers being answered and Pharaoh's heart was hard again. Why?

Let's take a look at what Professor John Goldingay says ( :
       The prayers and their answers demonstrate Moses' power, and they function as part of what leaves Pharaoh without excuse.  His troubles sometimes start reframing his thinking, but this reframing doesn't last long.  How strange not to be permanently changed by having ones prayer answered!  For Pharaoh, the result of praying, receiving an answer, and then ignoring its implications is to deepen his culpability.  Every time God sends some calamity on the country, it gives him an opportunity to come to his senses.  Every time he fails to do so, he sinks deeper into guilt.  

John Goldingay. Exodus & Leviticus for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.40.

      Have you experienced similar kind of weakness? You repent, ask someone to pray, God answers, then you go back to the old route of stubborn and disobedience again. Have you experienced that? 

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Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: Prayers answered, resume stubbornness

    What I receive from Jesus today is a warning to all of us. When we are in crisis, we pray, we ask some people to pray, God answers and then we resume to our original position again to be stubborn and disobedience.

     Do you make use of prayers to suit your need? Or, do you believe the power of prayers and then willing to change accordingly? 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to know the power of prayers and be willing to change our lives accordingly. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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