Apostle Grace Lubega
Judges 15:16-19 (KJV); And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men. And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramath-lehi. And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof En-hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.
There is a difference between an ‘AND’ the lord answer and a ‘BUT’ the lord answer.
Notice the nature of Samson’s prayer in our theme scripture. He said, “Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?”
One would think that the subsequent response would be, “AND God clave an hollow place…”
However, the language of the scriptures is, “BUT God clave an hollow place…”
Every time you see “but” in the scriptures, it implies a contrary position or mind-set to what preceded it.
Even if Samson received an answer from the Lord, the mind of God was not in agreement with how he prayed.
Sometimes God can answer us despite our ignorance because in the days of ignorance, he winks (Acts 17:30).
However, results in prayer can never be sustained in ignorance.
Samson’s prayer ought to have been, “thank you for victory and thank you for the water.”
Let thanksgiving shape your prayers because you understand that the God who started the good work in you will also bring it to accomplishment. Praise Him!
FURTHER STUDY: Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 5:20
Let thanksgiving shape your prayers because you understand that the God who started the good work in you will also bring it to accomplishment.
PRAYER: Father, I am grateful for this instruction on how to pray. By thanks giving, I make my requests known unto you. Victory is my companion, Prosperity is my kinsman. I am perfect in speech and pray in knowledge and understanding and as such, my results in prayer are constant. In Jesus’ name. Amen.