Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Genesis 3:16
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
While it is true as Galatians 3:28 says that “…there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”, I have found that in the matter of praying for personal desires, what your place and position are in this life are pivotal factors, when approaching the throne of God.
Years ago I had my troubles with the Freemasons in an independent fundamental Baptist church as a result of my great concern that my own husband was headed for hell as a Freemason. The scriptures which were repeatedly thrown at me were I Peter 3:1-4 which say, “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” The only problem with their choice of these verses was that they ignored the context which is Abraham and Sarah, not Nabal and Abigail.
The main body of my prayers has its center in the prayer I said on September 23, 1999, which is the focal point of Tracking the Leopard Meroz. One of the prayers I had which is connected to this one was answered on January 5, 2003. The third prayer I never discuss with anyone, yet one of my greatest adversaries, even in his black heart, knew what it was and how to counterattack using that knowledge. At one point I thought that the Lord’s answer was “prove yourself”, another time I thought His answer was “No”, but this past September this prayer was brought to remembrance by “a sign” of sorts. So I have thrown this prayer back onto the golden altar of incense along with Proverbs 13:12, which is the scripture which undergirded it years ago.
In the world of prayer, the unseen world of the timing of events is all important. An example of this is seen in the prayer of Hannah in I Samuel 1:3, which shows us two seemingly unconnected circumstances. This verse says, “And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there”. The answer of Hannah’s prayer which was received when she bore Samuel, coincided with the judgment of God against the house of Eli.
Later in I Samuel 25, we see two events coinciding which first began with Nabal’s reproach against David and his men, and ended up with the LORD smoting Nabal that he died. The secondary event in this story was the intervening pleading for mercy by Abigail on behalf of her household, without her husband’s knowledge and consent. She took upon her the guilt of her husband even though she had nothing to do with Nabal’s harangue of David, and as a consequence prevented David from avenging himself on her household because Nabal “was such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him”. The LORD himself intervened, and Abigail ended up as one of the wives of David because of her prayerful intercession.
One of the curious things about the wives of the Christian Alternative Media stars is that they do not seem to be of genuine help to their husbands. At the center of this spider web is a man who relies on another man’s wife to protect him in prayer. And then there is the man who boasts that it was his wife who got him into his “ministry” in the first place, which being a patent fraud to anyone who examines it closely, makes you wonder what her true character is. Do they care? Does it matter to them what saith the Scriptures? I guess they consider those factors irrelevant so long as the cupboards are full of prepper foods, the gun cases have plenty of ammunition, their safes are loaded with gold and silver, and a personal helicopter can lift them up to the heavens away from impending earthly troubles, should such arrive at their door.
The Scriptures are full of contrasts, and the most interesting ones can be found not only in the same scripture verses, but those whose separate verses run side by side. Of this latter example, the one which comes to mind is the story in Judges 4 and 5 regarding Deborah and Barak. As a result of the victory of Israel against Sisera, these two sing what is usually referred to as The Song of Deborah. Judges 5:23 which is a part of this song says, “Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.” This is followed in verse 24, by “Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.”
Another interesting contrast is found in Proverbs 31. The first nine verses begin, “The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him”, and end with “Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy”. To judge righteously undergirds the Authority of the Praying Man. Verses 10-31 answer the question posed in verse 10, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies”. The end of these verses praises the virtue of this particular woman as being above other daughters, for she fears the LORD. Job 28:18b declares, “for the price of wisdom is above rubies”, indirectly connecting the virtuous woman to the price of wisdom. And, of course, of great price in the sight of God, is the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, found in I Peter 3:1-4 quoted at the beginning of this post.
All these scriptures are interwoven, and make for a beautiful prayer, expressing the desires of a praying woman. Lastly, I went to church this morning, and sitting alone, I was greatly moved by both the sermon and the forgiveness of our confession of private sins, which centered around a Song of hope found in Zephaniah 3:14-20, which says, “Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.”
“In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.”
The Pastor did a masterful work when he discussed these verses, beginning with the daughters of Zion, of Jerusalem, and bringing this theme down to the personal level of the individual Christian, and the love of Jesus Christ for his own, sung as a wedding song. I have added these verses of Scripture to to the golden altar of incense, along with all the others.