Ruth is the eight book in the Bible but there is no Chapter 11, so I skipped that book and continued on.
Ⅰ Samuel 11: 8,9
8 ‟And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand and the men of Judah thirty thousand.”
9 ‟And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.”
Once again the children of Israel had someone threaten them. Samuel was spoken to by the Spirit of God and given the message to send out unto the others. The others gathered to help the men of Jabesh. But what held my attention was the exact time that was given to the men of Jabesh of when help would arrive. There were no messages of ‘around such time’; there were not returned questions of ‘what will you do for me?’; there were not answers of ‘when we finish with securing our areas’.
As Christian, we sometimes do not understand why we can’t get a response like that. We pray; pray for things and even are egotistical enough to put a timeline in the prayer. We want that swift a response, and we really want the answer by yesterday. I know I have prayed that my dreams be touched, so I will know the answer to some dilemma. Believe it or not, I never have an answering dream that night nor the next. Sometimes it might be months before I dream about my dilemma. By then the rush and need does not seem so important as it did the day I would pray for an answer.
James 1: 6
‟But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
Another thing that was pressed on me was the question of: “But why did these people have the blessing to have the Lord present them with a time?” But why? Was it because these children were such good children, or was it because of the evil that would befall the children? So each time we have a need, we need to be asking ourselves what that need has evolved from. Did the need come from our faith, or from some thing that is not holy; does the need come from love? Search the heart or soul to find that answer, and with that answer take your need to prayer. Don’t be wishy-washy in your self exam, nor in your request. Do not make excuses for your actions that has brought on the prayer. Repent from any thing that will keep the Lord from hearing your prayer. But, remember to ask the Lord His will.
Ⅰ John 5: 14
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
A third thing to take note of was: the people of Jabesh had need of help. This help required a quick response. It was not the type of need that we normally pray about. It was like the need that comes about in a car accident. We have heard the saying that “our life flashed before our eyes”. We instantly shout to the Lord to help us. As a Christian, I can assure you that you will get a response with His aid. I was in an accident with a tractor-trailer. My car was being swung under the trailer, and I was staring at the rear tires. I started praying as soon as the first thought registered that ‘I was hit’. Then as my car did a 360 and the cab of the truck rubbed my driver’s door it sent me under the trailer, I knew I would not survive. During this entire time, I was praying. Praying for my life to be spared and praying for my babies at home. Thanking Jesus that they were not with me. Some how the post that the trailers rest on, when parked, clipped my car and it sent me into another spin. That spin slung me out from under that trailer. I was saved! It was an instant response to a prayer. So, if you are weary in your prayers, remember that your need is not life threatening and you should wait until the Lord has His will in the doings.
Ⅰ Samuel 11: 9
‟And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.”
My prayer is that we all pray with a free heart. Asking for His will in our answers, and thanksgiving in His quick answering for what I call our “danger prayers”.