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|A Prayer for Purity of Motive|
“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”—1 Samuel 16:7
The context of this statement gives us insight into what God considers of utmost value. Samuel is asked by God to find another king for Israel, and is given specific instructions to go to the house of Jesse near Bethlehem because God was preparing one of his sons to be the next king. From the oldest to the youngest, the sons of Jesse strut past Samuel in hopes that they will be chosen for the position of fame and power. When the lineup is over, Samuel is confused because neither of the sons receives the “yes” from God.
When Samuel asks if Jesse still has other sons, the youngest, David, is brought to the prophet and Samuel instantly recognizes him to be the “the Lord’s anointed.” God made it clear that a man can be towering in stature and have a shriveled soul. A man can have all the outward qualifications of leadership but have an unqualified heart. When God measures a man, He puts the tape around the heart, not the head.
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|A Plea for Faithfulness in Prayer|
“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and right way.”—1 Samuel 12:23
Do you have to confess the sin of prayerlessness? Samuel, spoke the above words to the people who had clamored for a king, assuring them of his continual prayers on their behalf. He himself was born in answer to his mother’s prayers, and as he grew up he saw the value of prayer as he assumed his leadership position.
In contrast, Eli the priest, who had responsibly for the spiritual leadership of the nation, had long since given up on prayer. In fact, when Samuel’s mother came into the temple to pray, Eli thought she was drunk! Here is a contrast between a cynical man who had given up on prayer and a younger man who knew both the privilege and responsibility of prayer.
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