Tuesday, October 23, 2012
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8 KJV).
In today’s Scripture, we read of an abomination to the LORD and a delight of the LORD.
According to Jeremiah 9:23,24, the prophet warned Israel’s southern kingdom: “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory [brag] in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”
Paul loosely quoted Jeremiah in 1 Corinthians 1:29-31: “That no flesh should glory in [God’s] presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
Prayer is simply us “pouring out [our] heart before [God]” (Psalm 62:8). We talk to God about the events in our lives, and how His written Word relates to those circumstances. We should know for what to pray, but “we know not what we should pray for as we ought” (Romans 8:26). Some events are just too complicated to express in words. Thus, as verse 26 continues to explain, the Holy Spirit “helpeth our infirmities [weaknesses]… the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” When we pray, the Holy Spirit brings to our minds the applicable verses that we read and studied, and thus enables us to speak to God in prayer more effectually.
Today’s Scripture explains that God delights in hearing the prayers of the “upright” (His believers). He enjoys hearing His saints value His Word by their speaking to Him about their lives in light of His Word. As Jeremiah and Paul stated, God delights in us glorying in that which He values. After all, in prayer, we should boast in God’s Word, in the wonderful things He has done for us.