Spirit & Life Devotional
Friday, April 24
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Fear Not, Pray!
II Samuel 15:31 NKJV “Then someone told David, saying, ‘Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.’ And David said, ‘O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!’”
Faith comes by hearing, so does fear; by hearing. Ahithophel was a very wise man: according to the Scriptures, his advice was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So you can imagine what it’s like for such a man to be working for your enemy. The normal reaction of an average person would be to fear and worry. But not David; being a man of the Word, he prayed.
We hear so many things everyday, both rumours and confirmed reports; we hear that there’s a new deadly disease in town; we hear that the management of our organization will retrench some staff, or that salaries and pensions will not be paid; that lecturers will fail students who don’t bribe them or sleep with them, or that results are missing; we hear that our parents or children are very sick, that awkward moment when you hear the bills! We hear that armed robbers have been stealing in our neighborhood lately; that there’s economic crisis; kidnappings; and so on; these news should normally make us frightened and anxious, but instead of being afraid, we should pray, seeking God’s intervention.
I love the psalm of David in Psalms 61:2-3. He said, “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.” Hallelujah! The bad reports might be overwhelming, the situation might be very bad; REMEMBER! That there’s nothing God cannot do when we pray to Him! Don’t fear; speak peace to that raging storm; relax yourself; pray to the Most High; do whatever is necessary; and go to bed! All will be well.