Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 11-12
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 12:23-24
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.
Israel has a king. Samuel is still very much present as the spiritual leader of the people. Prayer “without ceasing” is the most important leadership quality if we want God’s will to be done. David will be king over the united tribes in about 10 years. A Psalm of David indicates his daily preparation to lead as he writes, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up” (Psalm 5:3). David prayed at “evening, morning and at noon” (Ps. 55:17). There is no record of Saul praying like Samuel or David. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 reads: “Pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks.” Praying continuously is based on the knowledge that I am in Christ and He is in me. We are never apart.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, Your servant Paul wrote, “We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26b). I pray that Your Spirit will constantly pray within me when my conscious mind is occupied in other necessary matters. I believe this happens continuously as Your promise states. In Your Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In March 2013, we enjoyed watching “The Bible” miniseries on The History Channel. For a small budget, and limited to filming in Morocco, the producers did very well. I know of the challenges they faced. With our Crossroads’ sponsored “Pavilions of Promise” at several World Expos, we faced criticism from elements within the Christian community for employing “artistic license” in communicating the message on such a world stage. For example, we had male and female ballet dancers play the part of Adam and Eve in Theatre One. The entertainment values guaranteed that millions of people heard the Gospel in a way they could understand for the first time resulting in over 100,000 first-time decisions for Christ. The follow-up materials, for “The Bible,” will bless thousands who’ve never read God’s Word. It has been my experience that Christians who are successful, personal soul winners understand what the producers of “The Bible” mini-series are attempting.