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Retreat to Pray | Psalm 109:1-5

Today's Passage: Psalm 109:1-5
Key Verses: Psalm 109:3-4

With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.

The Proverb says, "Reckless words pierce like a sword" (Proverbs 12:18). Ever been pierced? Ever been run through? Ever been the subject of gossip or slander? Ever been verbally attacked without cause? Ever been the recipient of a social media slam? Ever had a friend turn on you? You are not alone.

David was going through a rough time of caustic criticism. His associates were fabricating lies about him. They were condemning him for no good reason. David felt that his expression of friendship had been returned with harsh allegations.

Notice David's response, "I am a man of prayer." David could not respond to every reckless word, but he could give all of his hurt, frustration and anger to God. What should be our response to unjust criticism? Charging to engage in verbal battle is not the answer. Retreating in prayer is. Let God devise the best plan of action and follow him in carrying it out.

Father, my knee-jerk reaction to criticism is to strike back. Forgive me. Help me retreat in prayer. Help me clearly hear the steps you want me to take. Help me to be a person of prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Ron Moore serves as president and Bible teacher at Back to the Bible. For the past twenty-five years, Ron has served as Sr. Pastor of The Bible Chapel, a multi-site church with 4,000 people meeting throughout the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. Before joining Back to the Bible, Ron's teaching was heard each weekday on a national program called, The Journey. Ron earned a Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary where his doctoral work focused on Marriage Enrichment. He also holds a Master's degree in Education from Texas A&M at Commerce. Ron has written several books including: Journey through the Bible, Journey through the Psalms, Journey through the Gospels and Ignite. Ron and his wife Lori have four children and one grandchild.

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