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Thought for the Week: 1 Samuel 12:23

by admin on December 9, 2012 in Faith, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; and I will instruct you in the good and the right way” (1 Samuel 12:23).

Samuel has just warned Israel, the people of King Saul at this time, that they are a wicked people with great sin against the Lord.  Despite their spiritual treachery, however, he reminds them that they can still choose to be faithful to the Lord and obey and serve Him only.  The Lord is faithful to them.

Samuel’s words, “sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you,” hit me strongly.  How many times have I considered those who do not know the Lord, especially those in my own family and community, and not gotten on my knees for them?  There are too many people to pray for.  They will never change.  What difference will my prayers make?  I’m scared to talk to them about God. I’ll do it later.

So many thoughts arrest my action.  I agree with Samuel, that it is my sin when I don’t pray for the lost.  It is my sin when I cannot hope in faith for their salvation.  It is my sin when I shy away from sharing Christ because I am worried how someone might react towards me.  It is my sin when God gives me knowledge and opportunity that I hoard to myself.

Do you struggle with intercession too?  In the midst of your wedding planning, can I challenge you to shift your focus from the tasks and deadlines.  Instead, seek those around you who desperately need Jesus.  See your wedding as an opportunity to meet people you otherwise wouldn’t, people for whom you can pray.  And see your wedding as an opportunity to share with your friends and family what you know to be good and right.  If this is tricky for you, perhaps you can structure a challenge for yourself: for every dollar I spend, I will pray for a person; or before making any phone call, I will pray for that person. Whatever you need to do to keep your spirit faithful in praying for the lost and in sharing the Good News, be so bold as to do it.  The Lord is and will continue to be faithful to You.

Lord, Father of mercy and goodness, give me opportunity and courage to share You with all I know.  Give me names to lift up to You.  Keep my spirit strong in hope and faith, that I would diligently pray for those around me, for Your glory.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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