This past week-end I was privileged to retreat with a wonderful group of women who love the Lord and desire to have Him be the center of their lives. We had some sweet time in the Word, lots of time of silence and reflection, as well as laughter, fellowship and love!
I seldom get to spend concentrated time in corporate prayer, but it is always a joy and blessing when I can. This week-end I was able to do just that and it was sweet.
This morning in my reading, 1 Samuel 12:22-24 spoke to my heart. (I downloaded a new plugin which allows you to scroll over the scripture reference and see the verses! Hope you like it while I try it out.) It is about prayer, but of a different kind – not corporate prayer but prayer for others.
I just thought verse 22 was so MARVELOUS!
For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.
Not only does God love us…He is PLEASED to make us His people for Himself. It is a great joy and delight for Him. Oh that just thrills my heart when I think of it! And if His love isn’t enough to commit Himself to us, He declares that His own Name will keep Him faithfully caring for us. His Name is attached to us…we are His people, His children. We are HIS, adopted into His family and given a new name from His own heart and mind.
But Samuel goes on in verse 23 to share his heart for the people.
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.
Even when they have acted wickedly in seeking a king (instead of accepting God as their king), he STILL is committed to praying faithfully for them. And not only that, his commitment is to also instruct them in the good and right way. For Samuel, instruction and teaching (we can see this as being discipleship) go hand and hand with his heart to pray for the people.
These verses just spur me on to be even more faithful in prayer for those I am discipling. What a joy and honor it is to be taking my place as a child of God, knowing His commitment and faithfulness to me, and imitate Him in prayer and instruction of others. ALL for His glory!