A Faithful Priest
Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 2
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 2:35
Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.
There is only one “forever” Priest, and that is Jesus. A priest represents us before God and a prophet represents God to us. Jesus did both. Mary, the mother of Jesus, gave a powerful word (Luke 1:46-55). Hannah gave a magnificent word also from today’s reading. We should let our spirits exalt the Lord as these women did. Start speaking whatever words come to mind. We may be surprised at what we hear ourselves saying. The rule is that what we say will be just for God and yourself. However, there are exceptions. You may receive a word that will bless others.
After the glorious experience of Hannah, it is a huge let-down to read of Hophni and Phineas. They were the next generation who were to carry on God’s work. How tragic the words of 2:12: “They did not know the Lord.” It has been said that “The Church is just one generation away from extinction.” Eli’s sons had the same opportunity as did Samuel to know the Lord, but they missed it. Jesus said, “I will build My Church.” If some fail, Jesus has others waiting to step up. Don’t fear for God’s cause. He is never caught by surprise.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Thank You Lord for the prophetic prayers of Mary and Hannah. I pray that You would grant me a revelation of Your greatness, and give me words to express to You my heart and mind. Words which are just between You and me, Lord Jesus. Here goes … Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I love the fact that after waiting so long for her first child (Samuel), Hannah had 5 more children. With my Mother, Hazel Pritchard Mainse, it was the opposite. My oldest sister Willa is 8 years older than me, and my second sister, Elaine, is 6 years older than me. After Elaine was born, the waiting began. Our mother had several miscarriages, and then I made my appearance. There were no more children in our family. We don’t have a record of our mother praying a prophetic prayer as Hannah did. My most vivid memory of my mother is seeing her on her knees, praying for her family. In order to spend a long time on her knees without tiring, she would either kneel with her back straight or down on what we called our “hunkers.” She would sit back on her ankles. I’ve tried that but it doesn’t work for me. She departed this life on January 17, 1949.
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