"Samuel" is praying for you.
- 1 Samuel 7:8 (NIV)
- Romans 8:26 (NIV)
- Romans 8:27 (NIV)
- 1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)
- Hebrews 7:24 (NIV)
- Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)
They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.”
1 Samuel 7:8
In chapter four when the Philistines came against the Israelites they didn't even consult the Lord. They devised their own plan; "Let's take the ark of the covenant into battle with us." That sounded like a good "religious" thing to do but it led to disaster and the ark being captured by the Philistines.
Now they see their own good ideas are not what pleases the Lord or what they need to walk victoriously over their enemies. They get rid of their idols and turn to God - His idea, not theirs - and they seek God's help rather than trusting their own wisdom. They realize victory will come if Samuel will not cease crying out to the Lord on their behalf.
Our "Samuel" is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ who cries out to the Lord on our behalf. What a great assurance to know that Jesus Himself prays for us, intercedes (brings our needs before the Father) for us. In response to Samuel's prayer (and perhaps the people's repentance) God roars out of heaven and their enemies are scattered.
Lord Jesus, just like the Israelites, we know our need for Your deliverance in our lives - from the enemy outside but even more so from the enemies within us - our old nature and its carnal desires. Thank you that you promised you would "not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that He may rescue us from the hand of the" enemy.
Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
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