Samuel intercedes

“He cried out to the Lord on Israel’s behalf, and the Lord answered him.”  1 Samuel 7:9.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 6-7, Psalm 72, and 2 Corinthians.

I love this verse and probably have chosen it in each of the six times I have read this section of chapters.

God is tuned in to His people.  He knows what’s going on.  He hears us when we pray to Him.

This verse is a great encouragement to folks with troubled family members.  To follow Samuel’s lead, we should present the troubled ones to God.

In one section of Scripture, Abraham interceded for Lot.  God was going to wipe out everyone in Sodom but because Abraham loved his nephew Lot he asked God to spare some folks in Sodom including his nephew.

In another section of Scripture, God was ready to wipe out Israel entirely and start over with Moses as the one God’s people would descend from.  Moses interceded for Israel.

And then there’s Ezekiel 22:30: “I looked for someone among them to build up the wall and stand before me in the gap so that I would not have to destroy the land but I found no one.”

God is looking for us to get involved.  See a need?  Bring it to Him.  There is precedence in the Scriptures above that God will honor the intercessions of His people.

“Lord, You are my God.  I love You.  I thank You that You hear me when I pray.  I thank You that we have examples in the Bible where You changed situations upon request.  You know what is best.  I trust You.  However, I beg You to intervene in the lives of those in my family who are apart from You.  Touch them.  Bring someone into their lives to turn them to You.  I fear for their futures.  I love You, Father.”

Who are you interceding for?



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