Samuel role-models intercessory prayer

“Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord.  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 9.

Annually I am attracted to this verse.

Why?  I am always looking for role models in the Bible.  Samuel fits the bill.

Israel is in trouble.  The Philistines are powerful and on paper should win.

BUT God has other plans and those plans kicked in AFTER Samuel interceded by crying out to God.  God then saved Israel from defeat.

I know of folks, and you probably do too, who would never think to cry out to God for anything.  I look at the news (very briefly) and suspect that where trouble is there are not always people crying out to God for help.  But for those of us aligned with God, these situations present us with interceding opportunities.

It does not appear as if the Israelites asked Samuel to intercede.  He just took it on knowing God personally.  Again, role model material: The better I know God the more I will instinctively do the right thing.

God owes us nothing.  We’re all sinners and so often embarrassing to Him.  Yet He loves us.  If we get ourselves right with Him, we can intercede as Samuel did.  Where God goes from there we can leave in the loving arms of the One who knows best.

“Lord, You are omnipresent.  You know what is going on.  I come to You not to inform You or to dispatch You.  I come interceding on my behalf and for those in trouble.  I need Your presence and they do too.  I thank You that You indeed are with me.  You’re not a God far off!  I thank You that You are indeed with those in troubled spots.  You are a God of everywhere.  How comforting those thoughts are.  I love You, Lord.”

Do we care enough for others we don’t know to intercede for them in their troubles?  Or are we immune from caring for those we don’t know God as we do?

St. Lucia

 

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