“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed the ways of his father David, not turning to the right or to the left. In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David.” 2 Chronicles 34:2-3.
Josiah was sixteen when he began to pursue what God wanted him to do. And he kept at it.
How wonderful it is to read of someone intentionally seeking God as a teenager. I look back at the ungodly lefts and rights I took during those years. I had too much of the prodigal son in me. Just a waste! But Josiah started early with God and the results of his administration revealed it.
“Seeking God” has no end time. Josiah started young and continued with God. I have the same responsibility, at an older age, to pursue Him too.
It also struck me that I need to narrow down a part of my prayer requests. I get caught generalizing because I don’t have recent information on some folks. However, when I pray for my wife it doesn’t happen because I can see/hear/watch what is currently going on with her.
When I pray for someone I am out of touch with I can thank God that He does know what is going on with them and that He, in fact, is there with them.
I received a specific insight when I was meditating on today’s two verses. It involves praying. I know that I am supposed to pray without ceasing and often struggle with the concept. What would happen if I asked God what He wants me to do, not for this day, but in this hour? It would make things more immediate. I prayed the “What should I do in the next hour?” prayer in the room I was reading the Bible in and the first thing that came to mind was, “You need to vacuum the floor in this room.” And that I will do after this entry is done!
I’m thinking that there are plenty of small things nearby that I need to be aware of. What if I narrowed the time period to the more immediate and sought God’s Will there? I’m excited about the possibility it could bring to praying without ceasing.