Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
The way David prays here gives me the chills because it's a truly awesome idea. David says that he is praying to a King!! The God we are praying to is the King of the universe, how awesome is that! And the Bible contains promises about God answering prayers. Luke 11:9-10 says, "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." I'm praying to the creator King of the universe and he wants to answer me. Once again, I cannot express in words what an amazing privilege and blessing that is. As a staff we saw God answer prayers specifically again and again. I lost of count of how many answers to prayer we had. We had campers who were not saved, and we would pray they would hear the Gospel and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. We had God answer prayer for certain weather, and so many other requests! A simple two word statement to remember my friends: Prayer Works.
8. God uses words and circumstances that you don' t even realize he is using. - I found that God was working behind the scenes a lot. God was working 24/7 even if we didn't always see it right away, and he used things I was doing that I never thought twice about. Simple example. During staff training we were talking about the definition of wisdom. The definition I stated was "Wisdom is resisting fleshly lusts." I didn't say that definition intending to change anyone else's opinion and I never thought about how God might use it. Two or three weeks later I was having a conversation with a fellow staff member and great friend, and he mentioned that statement to me and told me he had written it down and it had changed his perspective in some ways. My friends, stay faithful and keep praying because God IS working, even if you don't see the fruits of your labor right away, and in some cases you won't see how God is working on this side of heaven, but trust Him, he is always active.
9.God protects his children - God is always watching over us as his children and he protects us not only from spiritual danger but also physical dangers as well. God protected our camp this year from wildfires, wildlife and other potential dangers but aside from the general he protected us specifically in multiple situations. Just to give a simple example, the last week of camp we had a really bad storm that knocked down a few trees. All the trees that snapped fell in the same direction except for one specific tree that fell in a different direction. Maybe that doesn't sound all that important but here's why it shows God's protection - had that specific tree fell in the same direction all the others did, it would have damaged camp property - completely destroying a tent used for some old fashioned cooking. The tent would have been gone and a lot of the equipment damaged. As it is, God pushed it the other way to protect us. What's more is we had campers running around outside trying to get in buildings, and none of them got hurt either. In that situation and others, God showed that his eyes are always on his children, watching over and protecting them.
10. God's grace is sufficient - II Corinthians 12:9, undoubtedly a familiar verse to most Christians, says, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me". This verse has been shown to be true in my life over and over again. As a counselor, mental and physical strength, and at times, patience, can be drained quickly and you're left with much more work to do and you just think "how am I going to get through this day, let alone the rest of the week." That's where this verse comes in. I found myself often praying to God for grace and strength and you know what? He always gave it. He never failed, not once. He never does. A specific example; I had to get a tetanus which left me drained the day I had it and weak the next day too. I don't take shots well. The next day I had to lead a hike up to the cliffs which is not a horrible hike, but it's challenging if you're not used to it. I had some serious doubts that I would make it. I prayed for strength and grace from God and he provided! I gave you a two word statement to remember, so here is another short statement, this time three words. God never fails. Live your life as if that's true (it is) and watch God work.