Samuel Prays

Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you. Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day. Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the LORD and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right."…. "Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call upon the LORD to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the LORD when you asked for a king." Then Samuel called upon the LORD, and that same day the LORD sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the LORD and of Samuel. 1 Samuel 12:1-3, 16-18

The entire Chapter 12 of First Samuel is a fascinating read. Before Samuel departs Saul so that he could rule the people, he has a few words for the Israelites. It was a wise man in that society giving the people advice. It happens in all societies. We certainly need more wise men and women in to dwell among us. We need that wisdom that comes from 70 or 80 years of real-world, hard-knocks, tell-it-like-it-is experience. We definitely need to elevate those in our society who possess that Godly wisdom.

And most certainly, we need those wise men and women of God who will pray for us. I had one of those women of God pray me into the Kingdom of God. She has since departed this earth, but it was sure nice to know that someone of that caliber "had my back" so to speak. Praise God for men and women like that.

Perhaps you're in that age group and have already taken on the challenge of praying for someone 50 or 60 years younger (or even more than one person!). Keep at it! They will certainly need your prayers. You are a blessing to that person.

Or perhaps you're in your twenties. Seek out those Godly men and women, and ask them to pray for you, even if it's for only one or two minutes a day. You will certainly not be turned away or laughed at for such a request.

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