It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Prayer, a reminder, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 4:26-35

When General (and Governor) Lysias got reports of the unexpected Jewish victory, he was perplexed and discouraged. The next year he mustered an inantry of 60,000 and a calvary of 5,000. Judas met them with 10,000 men.

Judas prayed to God, including a reminder (or a point of self-reassurance) of how David had won against great odds. In his prayer, he asked, "Fill them with cowardice; melt the boldness of their strength." He then reminded God of which side loved God and sang hymns of praise. I'm struck by what he asked God to do, "Fill them with cowardice; melt the boldness of their strength; let them tremble in their destruction."

After an initial loss of 5,000 of his men and the exhibition of boldness by the troops led by Judas, Lysias withdrew to Antioch and enlisted mercenaries to invade with an even larger army.

Are our prayers typically reminders or requests?

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