And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb. Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. Genesis 12:9-10
Along with Abram’s failure to find confidence that God would give him his basic needs in the place where He sent him, there’s something else very obviously missing from these verses. Do you see it… or should I say, not see it?
Let me give you a hint. Abram won’t fail to do it the next time opportunity presents itself. Look at chapter thirteen and verse four. “…and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.” See anything that resembles those words in chapter twelve?
No? Its okay that you can’t find it… it’s not there. Most would say that what Abram did was sensible. Seeing there was no food, he moved to where he believed there was food. But for a man whose intent is to be where God wants him to be, wouldn’t it be sensible to hear (read) Abram asking God, “What will you have me to do?” There is only silence… and a big mess down Egypt way!
Aren’t we prone to the same failures? Don’t we too often run headlong into the agendas of our lives without ‘calling on the name of the Lord’ first?
A wise person once said, “When we fail to pray… we fail.” Being very honest, when we fail to pray, we acknowledge that prayer is supplemental to our lives, rather than fundamental. We could ask ourselves a question. What type of relationship we would have with our spouses if we communicated with them the way we communicate with our Heavenly Father.
The Bible reveals, as Art says, that our prayers bring Heaven to earth! On not a few occasions we read that the prayers of believers are profitable and powerful.
I really wish at this point I could tell you how the necessity of our prayers runs hand in hand with the sovereignty of an almighty God, but I can’t. Yet the Bible calls us to pray without ceasing. We are to be a praying people, ever in communication with our Heavenly Father!
What is the primary gain of our prayers? We pray because we believe we are dependent upon God’s provision and guidance. By going to Him, we admit our inability to live the Spirit-filled life without Him. “We can do nothing without Him!”
As Paul said and Abram learned, we must take everything to Him!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7