Gideon’s prayer February 24, 2010
36 Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, 37prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.” 38And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. 39Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.” 40So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew. (Life Application Study Bible)
In this scripture Gideon has just responded to the Lord and pulled down his father’s altar of Baal and his Asherah pole and replaced it with an altar to the Lord and then formed an army that would fight against Midian, Amalek and the people of the east. Now though, Gideon wants to have assurance that God is truly with him. He asks for a sign, then another sign of reassurance. God gives him both signs for which he asked. Gideon then responds in obedience as a warrior.
Just as Gideon prayed and asked God for reassurance, we know that we can do the same thing. In 1 Samuel 15:22 it says, “obedience is better than sacrifice”. Gideon delayed in obeying God because he wanted more proof. Unlike Gideon, we have God’s complete, revealed Word, we can go to the Bible and also pray for assurance of what we are to do next. If we are walking in obedience to God’s call, we can look into his Word and pray for confirmation of what we feel God is asking us to do. Rushing into things is usually not the right way, we want to make sure that God is calling us and not someone else to do the exact work that He has for us. Prayer and seeking God, just like Gideon did, are extremely important to our walk with God.
Help each of us to desire to be obedient to whatever you call us to today. Thank you for your word and the opportunity to pray to understand you better. Just as Gideon as for signs, Lord help us to look seek signs of your will in our life through prayer and your Word. We pray that we will do and say what you have called us to this day. In your name we pray. Amen