Samson and Samuel: 5

 

‘Then the Lord said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favourable towards this people.”’ Jeremiah 15:1 NKJV

Difference five: prayer. The Bible records only two occasions when Samson prayed: first, when he thought he was dying of thirst and needed water (Judges 15:18); second, in the last moments of his life when he’d lost everything and ended up in prison (see Judges 16:28).

He was like the kid who was asked, ‘Do you say your prayers every night?’

‘Nuh; sometimes I don’t need anything.’

Prayer isn’t all for your own benefit. At least it shouldn’t be. ‘Samuel called to the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.’ (1 Samuel 12:18 NKJV) One of the greatest tributes given to anyone in Scripture was spoken by God to Jeremiah about Samuel’s prayer life: ‘Then the Lord said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favourable towards this people.”’

In his own lifetime, Samuel had serious, serious favour with God.

The Bible also has much to say about the prayer life of Jesus. Sometimes He prayed all through the night; other times He was up praying before dawn. It was the secret of His effectiveness in ministry. He made regular deposits in prayer so He could make regular withdrawals of power when He needed it. And you’ll notice that He seldom prayed for anyone He healed. Why? Because He’d already spent time in prayer. Old-timers in church used to refer to this as ‘staying prayed up’. And it’s the secret of victorious Christian living.

SoulFood: 2 Sam 22:31–24:25, Lk 8:26–39, Ps 140, Prov 18:21–22

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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