Answer me, Oh Lord!

Ps 13:3-4 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
1 Kings 18:37 “Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.”
David cries out to the Lord, ANSWER ME…  and Elijah cries out to the Lord ANSWER ME….
When David cries out,  it is to awaken his soul out of slumber that will continue to plummet unless He hears from the Lord, his God.    Then his enemy would have overcome him.
When Elijah cries out, it is so that the people would know that He alone is God and that their hearts are already turned back to Him.   The people did not know that their faces were turned back to the Lord already because they had walked in idolatry for so long.    Elijah was walking in the midst of a thick cloud of unbelief that was darkening and depressing his soul.
Taking counsel within our own soul is stale.   Like stale bread.     We need the Fresh Manna, but sometimes first, we just need to say “Lord Answer me, lest I sleep the sleep of death…. Lest I walk in the midst of unbelief and it overwhelm my soul… Answer me Lord!”
Father,  Answer me Lord.    Though You have shown me the path I ought to take,  I cannot walk on it unless I know You hear my prayer today, and respond back.   Speak to me Lord, for Your servant is listening…
 And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.'”  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.   1 Samuel 3:9
 He said He will speak….  but we will not be able to hear Him til we get into the position we are called to.   Samuel went to get into His place.    He took his position and waited to hear from God.

How Long Must I take Counsel in My own SOUL?

How long, O Lord?
Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide
Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be
Exalted over me?
Psalm 13:1, 2
Revelation of the Lord is Love.  It is an opportunity to partner with, to trust, to walk in faith.   Faith, comes by revelation of God.   It comes by hearing the word , I dont just believe with your ears.     We’ve been taught that, but it is more than hearing with ears.

David was crying out for fresh revelation.   Fresh Revelation – a touch from the Lord – a kiss, a word, a hug, a sense of His Presence in the now, a new facet of Him now discovered, unveiled, what was once unseen, now seen.   David was crying out for the freshness, the newness of God.

Because the counsel of our own soul is stale.
Sorrow was in his heart.   Have you tried to take counsel from someone who was full of only sorrow?    You know at this time, you MUST hear from the Lord.
Father I cry out to You today, to give us fresh revelation of You.  Fresh Manna from Heaven for You are our sustenance.  You are what we need.   Fresh bread.    Fresh bread.
The bread in our own earthen vessels is stale .

Pray for All Those In Authority

L.A. (not her real name) was not a well-liked person in the company I used to work for.  She had sarcastic remarks for co-workers, accused them of whatever she could accuse them of,  sometimes purposely went out of her way to make employement in this company difficult – even yelling on the floor.   Why wasn’t she fired?  Well, at the time, there was nobody to replace her, nor any takers for her position.   

 She was the Postal Liason.   
She was the subject of many “gone postal” jokes in our company.   I worked for a major trade newspaper, which published all along the East Coast and Southern states to Texas.   
My position was Account Manager for all New England, NYC and LI.  Among my responsibilities was to see to it that all 7,000 customers of ours in this area were happy, happy, happy.   There were, however,  problems outside of our company’s control.      These problems were postal related.    
We published time-sensitive data, therefore, if the newspaper was late, the information was useless.  
Working with L.A. was a challenge from Day One.   But in January 2006, I heard the Lord tell me I needed to intercede for her.   Within a week of intercession, she began bringing in baked goods for the employees.  But the employees would pick it apart searching for razors, needles or signs of anthrax.   L.A. was trying to earn respect but her reputation pre-ceeded her.   I began to help her with communication and social skills, constructing emails with her, and helping her put together policies and procedures to keep up with the changing tides. 
M.S. (also not her real name), was an Account Manager of MidAtlantic states.  She did not like L.A. and often led the charge against her.  
Soon, I was discovering that people in the company were coming to me when they had difficulties with L.A., as if I were her supervisor and responsible for her.   I would let them know, they had to learn how to best communicate with her.  
In March 2006,  I began to notice my region was strengthening.  There were some changes in the CT post offices that produced more timely deliveries, therefore more satisfied customers.    
In March 2006, a major post office shut down in one of the MidAtlantic states.   Customers loved our product, but as I previously mentioned,  the information was useless if it wasn’t delivered in a timely manner.   
And M.S. was faced with handling complaint call after complaint call after complaint call, and in between complaint calls, were cancellation calls.
I found it interesting that it wasn’t as if L.A. was doing a better job for me because she liked me.  She had nothing to do with the internal workings of the Post Office.       No.     God was involved in this in some way.      
He told me to intercede for L.A. in January 2006.    He wanted to show me something.   
Regardless of belief, personality, or disposition,  we are to pray for our leaders everywhere.   There are people directly influenced by them, that will either prosper or sink, and it may have little or nothing to do with their abilities, but may have all to do with whether they are prayed for.     
1 Timothy 1-3: FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men,    For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.

    For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior,