Holy Argument: Part 1

by Brenda Kuseski

            King David composed many Psalms that show him crying out to God in expectation of help, comfort, and deliverance.  Wesley Duewel challenges us,also, to pray boldly, like Abraham and Moses:          

Too many Christians harbor the misconception that God's will is “whatever happens” and that whatever happens is God’s will.   The biblical record, however, shows the Sovereign God willing to listen to His people as they engage in holy argument.  This is NOT done in a negative, critical, or complaining spirit, nor is it your opportunity to impose your will on circumstances that you don’t like. 

            Your pleading takes the form of a well-prepared brief by a legal advocate on behalf of a need and for the welfare of the kingdom. You come before a Judge who is the embodiment of mercy, love, and wisdom.    You present to God the reasons why His action will be in harmony with His nature, His righteous government, and the history of His holy interventions on behalf of His people                

            Church history records men like Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, and George Mueller who advocated vigorous, bold prayers of petition. Our biblical model, however, comes from Abraham and Moses, who demonstrated God's pleasure in hearing His children's pleas for direct action.  

            In Genesis 18, when God announced His intended judgment on Sodom, Abraham acknowledged that he was only “dust and ashes.”  He went on, though, to plead God's justice, the cause of the few righteous in the city, and the righteous character of Jehovah, and the extension of His mercy.

            Far from being offended, the Lord was pleased by Abraham's desire for righteous mercy; this “friend of God” demonstrated that his merciful heart was like the heart of God.

            Moses also engaged in reverent, humble, but bold prayer argument with God in Exodus 32.  After what appears to be long pleading argument by Moses, God says “Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them [Israel].”  Jehovah even offered to build a new, greater nation through Moses.  This may have been God's test of Moses' character, his commitment to Israel, and his understanding of God's character.  The Bible describes Moses' arguments—the history of God's redeeming acts; His faithfulness to Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; and the glory of His own name.

            Again, God does not charge His servant with disrespect or irreverence.  Instead, He invited Moses to spend another forty days fasting and alone with Jehovah on Mount Sinai till the glory of God filled him and radiated from his face (Ex. 34:29-35)                    —From Mighty Prevailing Prayer, Wesley Duewel

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