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This excerpt was taken from Erwin Lutzer's "Covering your Life in Prayer"

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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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A Prayer That Our Enemies Be Brought to Justice

My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation…The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven.”—1 Samuel 2:1,10

Surprisingly, this prayer actually was offered to God in response to domestic rivalry. Hannah was bitterly treated by her husband’s “other wife,” who bore children, but Hannah herself was barren. Yes, in those days bigamy and even polygamy were permitted by God. Of course this was never the ideal, God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman as the creation account indicates. Indeed, the greatest argument for God’s ideal arrangement is that in all the stories in the Old Testament where men had multiple wives, the arrangement ended with incredible domestic conflict!

Because being barren was a disgrace, Hannah felt the taunts of her rival very keenly. So when Hannah’s prayer was answered and she gave birth to Samuel, she felt vindicated and asked God that her rival be judged for her disgraceful outbursts which had been aimed at her heart.

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A Prayer to Be Separate from the World

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”—Romans 13:11-14

In this passage, Paul gives us three commands:

First, wake up!

Have you ever been awakened from a deep sleep by an alarm or phone call? Your first reaction is to ask: what time is it? You may recall that Rip Van Winkle slept for twenty years and was surprised at the changes that had taken place when he awakened. Here, Paul is admonishing believers to wake up, because given the lateness of the hour, spiritually speaking, we’ve overslept.

Unbelievers are spoken of in the Bible as being dead, but many Christians are asleep. They are totally unaware of bypassed opportunities and how close the clock is ticking down to their own death, or even the return of Christ. We need to wake up, to repent of our lack of urgency. We are also unaware of the great needs that we have around us, spiritually speaking. How can we be comfortable with millions in spiritual darkness? Like a sleepwalker who functions with little energy and no self-conscious direction, believers often stumble through daily routines as if eternity didn’t matter. 

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A Prayer That We Might Benefit from Personality Conflicts

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor…

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”—Romans 12:9-10; 14-21.         

When confronted with difficult people, God wants us to have the characteristics of Jesus.

First, Paul says that our love should be genuine; that is, we must pray that we are not simply pretending that we love others, but that love and concern should flow from our hearts. This kind of love goes beyond human affection and springs from the “love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts.” (Romans 5:5) As believers, we have a source of love that is unavailable to the unconverted.

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