“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.” (1 Sam. 12:23)
Samuel’s attitude toward Israel was the essence of “love hopes all things” (1 Cor. 13:7). He knew the nation had just rejected God by requesting a king and the expectation is that things would only get worse… and yet, Samuel prayed for them.
He didn’t pray for them because they were good, but because he was responsible for them. He considered praying for the nation his sacred duty – part of his responsibility as a judge of Israel.
The world would be a better place if Christians viewed prayer that way. Our children, our parents, our friends, our enemies, our national leaders… all of these groups need us to pray for them regularly. Far be it for us to sin against the LORD by not praying for people we are responsible for. We live in troublesome times where darkness often reigns in the public square.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:1-4)
Matt. 4:4 #Biblebites