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Comfort for All

Providing comfort involves correctly identifying the need and applying the proper remedy. Solomon lived in oppressive times. In Eccl 4:1 he describes it by saying, “Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun and behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.”

The scriptures are heavily weighted toward delivering the one who is under the unjust, oppressive rule of another. Yet, God’s magnanimity allows His mercy to extend to both the oppressed and the oppressor. Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 1-4), Manasseh (1Chron 33:1-20) and king David (2Sam 11-12:13) all experienced God’s mercy after they exercised authority to the detriment of those under their care.

In our desire to right a wrong— in our compassion for the oppressed, let’s not be unsympathetic to the source of injustice. Solomon saw that both the oppressed and the oppressor needed comfort. How far-sighted are you? See right, see well…

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Prayer: An Expression of Faith

Have you ever spoken with someone who was desperate to tell you news about which you had already been informed. As they excitedly they share, everything within you wants to say you’ve already heard, but not wanting to spoil their moment, you painfully listen to the whole story again.

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. His preparation included an exhortation in Matt 6:7-8 saying, "And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 "So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

Since our Father knows what we need before we ask, our request is not needed to inform. It is required so our faith might be expressed in a way that ties His answer to our specific desire.

So when you pray, knowing that your forthcoming petition is old news, let your words be few and spend the lion’s-share of your getting to know Him better so you can live right and live well…

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