Today I want you to know another reason why we pray.
David said, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:16-17
He goes on to say the tide of battle runs strongly against me, for so many are fighting me.
Those that fought him weren’t strangers, it wasn’t the devil either. He said, “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it : neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.” Psalm 55:12-13
There’s no christian that can ever be defeated by the devil even when he comes in like a flood. So who were they, fighting him? It was those he fellowshiped with, and those he walked with to the church. These are the ones he said, they shout against me and threaten me with death. He said they surround me with terror and plot to kill me, and their fury and hatred rise to engulf me. Now, against these there is nothing you can do except to pray. Do you see now why David could not kill Saul even when he had the chance to do so? Touch not the anointed one of God.
“Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it” (Psalm 55:10). But still, there is nothing you can do except to pray. All you can do is complain like David, and make noise to God, and “God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah.” Psalm 55:19
Why should we pray? We pray because we know that wickedness is always among us, even in Church, wickedness is in her dwelling. Psalm 55:11 says, “Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.”
“But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.” Psalm 55:23
What should you do when a fellow christian rises against you? Don’t fight back. Here David said, “And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest” (Psalm 55:6-8). Do you now see why David flee from Saul even when he knew that he could stand a chance? We pray because we know the battle is his. And here David concluded, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22