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Praying Through the Bible #90
We are looking at the subject of prayer in the book of Lamentations. Lamentations is a book of mourning written by the prophet Jeremiah after the nation of Judah had been conquered and carried into captivity by Babylon. In Lamentations chapter 3, we find 12 things to remember when God is chastising us as He chastised the children of Israel.
We have looked at the first six things from this passage, and they are as follows:
1. Pray with the understanding that God is still in control
2. Remember that, in God, you have strength and hope
3. Realize that if you are still alive, God is showing you mercy.
4. Determine to remember the experience of chastisement.
5. Choose to get humble and stay humble.
6. Never stop trusting God through the period of chastisement.
Today, we are going to look at the next three things to remember when God is chastising us.
1. We must remember that it is good to sometimes experience silence. Verse 26 says, “It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” When we sit in silence before God, we have an opportunity to ponder our lives and our actions, to meditate on God’s Word, and to make inner changes that will bring about God’s blessings in the future.
2. We must remember that it is good to suffer now in order to prosper later. Verse 27 says, “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” In the Bible, the yoke is a symbol of heavy burdens. In Jeremiah 28:2, the prophet refers to the “yoke of the king of Babylon” which God would place on His people as punishment for their idolatry.
3. We must remember that it is God’s will to restore us to fellowship with Him. Verses 31-33 read, “For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.” Many people, when they are in the heat of chastisement from God, throw up their hands and begin to think and act as though all is lost, as though God is through with them, when that is not the case at all.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.