Tuesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Open Heavens 18 April 2017)– An Ignorant Prayer

Topic: An Ignorant Prayer [Tuesday 18, April 2017]

Memorise: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7

Read: 1 Samuel 15:17-22 (KJV)

17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou
not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee
king over Israel?
18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy
the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be

19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst
fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD,
and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the
king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the
things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the
LORD thy God in Gilgal.

22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings
and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is
better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Bible in One Year: Numbers 5-6, Jeremiah 15:10-21


I have always admonished believers never to pray that God should humble
them; this is an ignorant prayer. The truth is that God has given
everyone the capacity to choose whatever he or she wants to do, and He
will not interfere with our choices. For this reason, every man is
responsible for his or her actions. Why is this so? This is because man,
unlike other creatures, was created as an agent of free will. The Bible
in Deuteronomy 30:19 says:

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have
set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose
life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”

The above passage of Scripture explains God’s attitude to man’s fall in
the Garden of Eden. Although He had instructed Adam and Eve not to eat
the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, He did not try to stop them
when they did eat it, even though He is omniscient, omnipresent and
omnipotent. His righteous nature would not allow Him to hold back the
free will He had already given to them. However, they lived to bear the
consequences of their choice to disobey God. In our Bible reading today,
King Saul momentarily forgot the low estate he occupied before he was
made the king of Israel. His forgetfulness caused him to think that he
could flout the instructions given to him by the King of kings. He
decided to listen to his human counsellors, and he began to rationalise
the instructions God gave him. King Saul therefore became
swollen-headed, and Prophet Samuel who anointed him as king became “old
school” and “old fashioned” in his eyes. To him, there should be no
‘waste’; after all why destroy valuable fatted cows? Moreover, great
kings would begin to pay tribute to him for sparing their lives.
Contrast this attitude against his humble demeanour before he became
king. He himself had once said in 1 Samuel 9:21:

“…Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and
my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin?
wherefore then speakest thou so to me?”

Remembering this, Prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:17 said:

“….When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the
head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over

May the Lord deliver his children from pride in Jesus’ Name. Our
approach to humility should be to heed the counsel of submission in
today’s memory verse; the reason being that if we do not humble
ourselves voluntarily and God has to do it, one could end up like King
Saul, whom the Lord rejected from being king over His people (1 Samuel 15:26). May that not be your portion in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point: Father, I
submit myself to Your Lordship. I will seek what You want, and what You
hate, I will hate. Help me to stay truth to this commandment in Jesus

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

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