1 Samuel 1: God and Prayer

God carries out his desires and plans by his people’s prayers.

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God’s Kindness to His People

Reading through the Old Testament, we often see that the people of Israel continued to sin, rebel, and reject God’s designs and his revealed will for how they are to operate.  He saves them from captivity (Exodus), takes them to the promised Land (Joshua), and after their leaders (Moses and Joshua) die, they reject everything when the new generation begins to grow.  And the theme of the book of Judges is 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  So, what should God do to unjust, evil, rebellious, and idolatrous people of Israel?  Be the God who just swept away the Egyptians by his hand and overtake them for their just deserving of death.  But instead, God raises up another — Samuel.  A prophet whom God would bring up to declare the goodness of God, the judgement of God, and the mercy of God to the people who have rebelled against him and deserve nothing but the sword of his wrath. Continue reading “1 Samuel 1: God and Prayer”