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2 Samuel 15 - Key

v34

But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, O king; [as] I [have been] thy father's servant hitherto, so [will] I now also [be] thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.

David had simply and sincerely prayed for the Lord to ...turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. (2 Samuel 15:31b), but he did not use prayer as a substitute for action. When somebody came to him after he prayed, where he worshiped, he seemed to take that as possibly a part of the Lord's answer. In the same way, we shouldn't use prayer as a substitute for pursuing the Lord's purposes in our lives. We should pray, but we should also use the the situations that the Lord provides for us, as resources to pursue what we believe He wants us to do.

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