My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
One day, when I was deeply concerned about the welfare of one close to me, I found encouragement in part of the Old Testament story of Samuel, a wise leader of the Israelites. As I read how Samuel interceded for God’s people as they faced trouble, I strengthened my resolve to pray for the one I loved.
The Israelites faced the threat of the Philistines, who had previously defeated them when God’s people did not trust in Him (see 1 Samuel 4). After repenting of their sins, they heard that the Philistines were about to attack. This time, however, they asked Samuel to continue praying for them (7:8), and the Lord answered clearly by throwing their enemy into confusion (v 10). Though the Philistines may have been mightier than the Israelites, the Lord was the stronger still.
When we ache over the challenges facing those we love, and fear the situation will not change, we may be tempted to believe that the Lord will not act. But we should never underestimate the power of prayer, for our loving God hears our pleas. We do not know how He will move in response to our petitions, but we know that as our Father, He longs for us to embrace His love and to trust in His faithfulness.
1 Samuel 7:7–14.
Father God, the way You hear and answer my prayers amazes me. Strengthen my faith, that I will always believe in Your goodness and love. In the Saviour's name I pray. Amen.