Choose Your Answer? — Generations Devotional for 27 January 2020

Judges 6:11–24, Psalm 27:7–14, Isaiah 6:8–10 (read online ⧉)

Gideon had a prayer. Likely many of the Israelites had the same prayer, “Save us!” It was certainly a worthwhile prayer. We could say that Gideon was chosen. He was. We look backward to and we say, “Of course, Gideon was chosen.” Gideon certainly did not feel that way.

In fact, his was, “It couldn’t be me!” Gideon was either confirming () that this really was from , or Gideon was so that would choose someone else. With ’s direction, Gideon was the answer to his own prayer. He had to face a well-trained and numerically superior force. That is the risk in prayer; having to be the answer to it.

The “trick”, of course, is thinking that we must do it all on our own, without . As Gideon lived it out, it was answering his own prayer by working with and on the behalf of that things came to fruition.

Isaiah, too, was an answer to prayer. The prayer, ultimately, was about the descendants of Israel needing a voice to call them back to relationship with . In his own vision, ed (not of him) who would go. Isaiah volunteers. It just popped out. Whoops! Isaiah became the voice and suffered greatly because of it.

The psalmist talks about his struggles, and how he wants to see ’s face. He seeks ’s aid and sustenance. It is in verse 11, that we really see what each of us should be ing in our prayers, especially our audacious ones…
“…show me your way, LORD,
and lead me on a level path…”
…follow the way of the Lord. Neither Gideon’s or Isaiah’s path (of the Lord that they followed) was level on the surface. Spiritually it was. Our lives of , failure, , and even mediocrity, will not be “level.” When one fully rests, s, and follows , the ual path will be level.

1) When was the last time you made an audacious prayer request? What did you think of the answer?

2) What is your limit to what s you to do? [and be honest… already knows the answer.]

3) What are thoughts about be the answer to your own prayers (at least some of them)?

Action: Ask for ’s guidance for the path you are to walk.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.