Prayer Focus: Central African Republic

Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 1-3

Scripture   The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”   Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:10

   The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD. 21 The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.

1 Samuel 3:19-21

Observation  –  David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions Den, Peter walking on Water… and the calling of Samuel.  These are some of the most famous Bible stories that children learn in Sunday School.  From the faithfulness of Hannah, Samuels Mom, to the wisdom of Eli, the priest we see people acting out matters in their life that fall into the plans of the Lord.

As we enter the third chapter Samuel is living in the temple with Eli and the Lord speaks to Samuel as he sleeps.  In an almost comedic episode, the Lord calls to Samuel, but Samuel doesn’t know the Lord’s voice and assumes it is Eli calling him.  After three episodes, Eli figures out what is happening, and tells Samuel to answer the Lord the next time.  What follows next is that the Lord tells Samuel something Samuel probably didn’t want to hear, that Eli and his family were cursed for their sin against God.

At the end of Chapter 3 we see that all of Israel now respects the word of Samuel.

Application –  Two things I take away from these chapters: 1.  Don’t take sin against the Lord lightly, for he doesn’t.  2.  How many of us are spoken to by the LORD but we don’t hear HIM because we don’t know HIS voice.

Prayer –  Thank you Lord for your patience with us when we fall short of what we should be.  Thank you for all the blessings that you provide for us.   Lord help us to keep your precepts and follow your commandments.  Help us to be still and hear your voice when you speak.  Help us be able to say, ” Speak Lord for your servant is listening.”

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