Gideon Prayed and God Answered

Prayer in the Bible #7 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Judges 6:33-40

The story is told of a man who was walking along a narrow mountain path one day when he slipped and fell over the edge. As he tumbled downward, he grasped a branch which stuck out of the side of the mountain and held on. When he looked down, he realized that there was a thousand-foot drop to the ground below, so he decided to cling to that branch and yell for help hoping that someone passing above would hear him and come to rescue him.

After what seemed like a long time, a voice called out to him, asking him what he needed. The man looked all around, and didn’t see anybody, so he said, “Who are you and where are you?” The voice said, “I am the Lord God, and I am everywhere, and I can save you if you will do what I say.” The man said, “Okay, I’ll do what you say.”

Then God said, “Let go of the branch.”

The man thought for a moment, and then called out, “Is there anybody else who can help me?”

Our passage today tells us about a man named Gideon who, like the man hanging over the cliff, has problems trusting God. He wants to know if it is really God, telling Him to do what he has been told to do?

And oftentimes, in our own lives, we have difficulty trusting God when He tells us to do something because what God tells us to do and what we think should be done are not the same. Just like we talk to God in prayer, God talks to us through His word and by His Holy Spirit. And during these times, we often go to our knees and ask, ‘Lord, is it really You? Is this really what you want me to do today?” Or, like Gideon, we ask God to show us some proof that this is really His will.

Today, I want to share with you four ways to know the call of God.

1. A call from God will entail a challenge in the physical realm.

2. A call from God will often involve a push from the Holy Spirit.

3. A call from God will often require you to grow in your faith.

4. A call from God will require you to ask for sufficient grace for your weakness.

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