June 7

2 Samuel 15:31-32 (NIV) 31Now David had been told, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." So David prayed, "O LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness." 32When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.

As David abandoned Jerusalem, he covered his head and went barefoot to the top of the Mount of Olives. His counselor, Ahithophel, had gone over to Absalom's side. On the way up the Mountain he prayed that Ahithophel's counsel would be turned into foolishness.

As David reached the top, he saw Hushai. Hushai was one of David's counselors also. His torn clothing and dust on his head indicated his deep grief at what was happening. Being an elderly man, he could not travel quickly like David's men. David saw Hushai as an answer to his prayers. He sent Hushai back into Jerusalem to oppose the counsel of Ahithophel. It was a dangerous assignment, but he took it as a willing servant of the king.

Often we pray, and God immediately sends the answer. If we are not watching and expecting the answer to be sent, we will miss it. The answer to David's prayer was not as he might have imagined, neither is God's answer to many of our prayers. That is why we must be alert and attuned to the Spirit, expectantly looking for the answer. This prayer of David and God's immediate answer changed the course of the future and was a factor in the saving of his house and throne.

Consider: Don't miss God's answers to prayers prompted by the Holy Spirit.

June 7

John 4:22-24 (NIV) 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

Jesus did not give in to the prejudice of His culture, but neither did He deny the error in the Samaritan belief system. Their version of the Laws of Moses was corrupted. They had formed a counterfeit belief system that did not lead to salvation, that is, to the Messiah. The tendency today is to praise the lack of prejudice but condemn Jesus' judgment on woman's religious beliefs. Jesus was leading her to the truth, not some universal acceptance of all belief systems.

The issue was not about which mountain was the appropriate God-pleasing mountain to worship on, but about the heart. The true worshippers are more concerned about the condition of their spirit not ritual. They are more concerned about truth than cultural acceptance. What good is worship if the heart is fixed on the wrong thing or if the substance of belief is untrue? The Father is not looking for the correct procedure but for those worshipping in spirit and truth. With that expression, He bridged their cultural differences and found the common ground of a heart seeking God.

Then He told her a most amazing thing. God is looking for that kind of worshipper. We don't have to go grope around after God. We just need to worship in spirit and truth and He will find us. He is a spirit. He is not some physical object. You don't need to worship before or in some special setting, but you do need to worship Him in spirit.

He is truth. There is nothing false in Him. That is why the two requirements for worship are that you worship in spirit and truth. You must be honest about your condition. Nothing is hidden from Him. You can't present one aspect when your heart is hiding something contrary. He sees right through us.

Consider: Will He find you, this evening, worshipping in spirit and truth?