Once again we read an encouraging “word” by simply taking the time to read through the genealogy of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh. We discover why Reuben had lost the birthright, because “he defiled his father’s bed” and the sons of Joseph took his place.
During Saul’s reign, by divine directive, the three tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh battled against the nomadic people of the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. In the battle, they were being overtaken but “they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.”
First we see that God heard their cry and paid attention to them. This is an illustration of what some would call desperate prayer; prayer that is characterized by those who have put their trust in the Lord evidenced by prayers of passion.
Second we see they put their “trust in Him.” Here is the key to effective prayer, TRUSTING THE LORD to answer and give specific direction. Trust or faith in God’s desire to respond and answer prayer.
Desperate, faith motivated prayer at times requires patience; while at other times the answer seems to be immediate.
Regardless, the prayer of faith refuses to give up or in; it simply trusts God and continues to cry out.
What situation would seem to surround your life? Be as these tribes were, desperate and trusting. You too will see God move on your behalf.