SATURDAY September 1, 2018
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me
my petition which I asked of Him.
1 Samuel 1:27
The Book of 1 Samuel starts with prayer, and the Book of 2 Samuel ends in prayer––interesting. The prophet Samuel’s birth was in answer to prayer. His mother Hannah prayed for a child because she was barren––she had no children. The Lord heard her prayer and granted her petition. It was important for Hannah to pray for this child at this time in the history of Israel. God had found Samuel––a man called to be an intercessor for His people, so that they would not be destroyed.
Israel acted wickedly. Samuel prayed for them and stood in the gap. He told the people: “…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”
(1 Samuel 12:23). Later, in the book of Ezekiel, Israel sinned again, and God said: “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30). God could not find one man to stand in the gap and pray for the land of Israel.
Understand, men and ministries are birthed through prayer. The Church is here because of prayer. Men of God did not suddenly wake up one day and say they wanted to be in the ministry and start a fellowship. Someone was praying behind the scenes for them.
Do you realize that, as a Christian, you are where you are today because somebody has prayed for you? Every one of us was going our own way, doing our own thing, until God saved us (Ephesians 2:1-3). Only then did we begin to have an eternal purpose in life. God is looking for one man who will be totally sold-out to do His work and to pray, as they stand in the gap for people. Has God found such a person in you?
I turn the hearts of men through God by prayer.
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