Some biblical prayers inspire us with depth of faith; others almost shock us with words of anger. On some occasions, we know little, if anything, of what the person who called for fire prayed. We know only that they prayed and that God answered. In 1 Samuel 23, David inquires of the Lord whether he should attack a certain city. When God answers in the affirmative, David’s fighters admit their fear. David prays again, God assures him of victory, and David’s fighters go out to win a great victory.
Sometimes we too pray for something to happen, only to waiver in indecision and fear when it seems that obstacles to our achieving our goal have disappeared. Reading the adventures and prayers of David teaches us to persist in prayer and to move out in faith.
Lord, grant us the wisdom to seek your guidance. Give us discernment to know your will. May we have the courage to act in accordance with that will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.