(Judges 20:18-28 NLT) ~ Before the battle the Israelites went to Bethel and asked God, “Which tribe should go first to attack the people of Benjamin?” The Lord answered, “Judah is to go first.” So the Israelites left early the next morning and camped near Gibeah. Then they advanced toward Gibeah to attack the men of Benjamin. But Benjamin’s warriors, who were defending the town, came out and killed 22,000 Israelites on the battlefield that day. But the Israelites encouraged each other and took their positions again at the same place they had fought the previous day. For they had gone up to Bethel and wept in the presence of the Lord until evening. They had asked the Lord, “Should we fight against our relatives from Benjamin again?” And the Lord had said, “Go out and fight against them.” So the next day they went out again to fight against the men of Benjamin, but the men of Benjamin killed another 18,000 Israelites, all of whom were experienced with the sword. Then all the Israelites went up to Bethel and wept in the presence of the Lord and fasted until evening. They also brought burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord. The Israelites went up seeking direction from the Lord. (In those days the Ark of the Covenant of God was in Bethel, and Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron was the priest.) The Israelites asked the Lord, “Should we fight against our relatives from Benjamin again, or should we stop?” The Lord said, “Go! Tomorrow I will hand them over to you.” ~
These verses speak volumes to my life including my prayer life. Each time they went and inquired of the Lord they did not ask God for what they really needed. And God allowed them to keep a asking questions. I sometimes think we just do not ask God what we truly need...we beat around the bush. God is Lord..but we still need to make our needs and requests verbalized to Him. He does already know what we need...but like a Grandma who already bought and wrapped Christmas presents..you still have to drive over and unwrap them. Yes they are yours but we have to put feet to our prayers and show God we are willing to do what He asks in all aspects of our lives. God is good everyday...we are the ones who lose sight of His greatness even when it is all around us. God has never left. He is not gone. He hasn't forgotten any of us. Do, Trust & hold on.