Pray Anyway

The prophet Samuel was highly disappointed when Israel asked for a king. He had served as a judge and God’s prophet for practically his whole life, but now the people preferred a king. Samuel described the economic and personal sacrifices they would have to make if they had a king, but they were determined. When he said they were rejecting God, they didn’t change their minds, but realized they might be in trouble. Afraid, they asked Samuel to pray they wouldn’t die. Samuel’s reply, “Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23a). Even though the people had rejected him and God, Samuel continued to pray for them. He said it would be a sin against God not to.

4 thoughts on “Pray Anyway

  1. Defines my approach to politics here and now! That and showing respect to elected officials knowing that God allows them to be in office. Excellent!!

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  2. I don’t think I caught that before, it being a sin not to pray for someone. How important our prayers are. Thanks Sheila!

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