KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:59 KJV “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”
In our previous study, we considered religious aggression and the fact that, it has no place in Christianity. Although Christians are not supposed to attack any man, we are threatened and often attacked by people of other faith all over the world. In our key scripture, the Lord’s life was also threatened by the Jewish scribes and Pharisees. The Lord according to the bible hid and then passed through the people and no harm was done to Him. This is divine security and preservation. In these times of evil and all kinds of satanic atrocities, we have to understand and exercise God’s provisions for divine security.
The Lord Jesus escaped all attempts at destroying Him before His time. How did He survive all these? I believe one of the means of achieving this was His ardent prayer life, coupled with His faith in God. The following scripture explains it wholly. Heb 5:7 KJV “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;” Jesus in His flesh had laid down, His glory as God, Philip 2:6,7, John 17:5, and so He had to depend on God like any man would. He did so through a very submissive and committed heart to prayer. The scripture said He prayed with strong cries and tears unto Him who was able to save Him from death.
He instructed His disciples to pray so they would not enter into temptation. Temptation in this context is the hour of evil when Satan is in charge. In 1 Thess 2:18, Apostle Paul said he and his team would have visited the brethren in Thessalonica, yet Satan hindered them. Was it the will or doing of the Lord for Satan to hinder them? I do not believe so. Satan had the upper hand because they failed to deal with him effectively in prayer.
Jesus, Himself showed by His example that through committed life of prayer, God fully ruled in His case, to the point that, the perfect will of God was done. If we fail to pray, as exemplified by the Lord, then the enemy will have the upper hand. This does not mean, we live in fear of the devil, but rather take advantage of God’s provisions to secure us. Please note that God gave the habitation and control of this earth to man. He can interfere with earthly affairs as we pray. The other means of securing divine security was His faith in His Father.
As I pray diligently my God, has total access to secure my safety, I also employ my faith in God, by speaking boldly of God’s provision and blessings, that keep me secured. Though my trust in Him.
THOUGHT: PRAYER WITH FAITH ENSURES PERFECT SECURITY
Psalms 121:1-6 KJV A Song of degrees.” I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.”