Lord, help us never to think that prayer time is wasted time. Jesus
prayed. Jesus received Your blessing. Jesus brought Your blessing to
others. Help us to be like Jesus – praying, receiving Your blessing,
bringing Your blessing to others.
Everyone was so happy - ‘Long live the king! (1 Samuel 10:24). Everything seemed to be so promising - ‘The Spirit of God came mightily upon Saul’ (1 Samuel 11:6). God’s people were victorious (1 Samuel 11:11). God’s people ‘rejoiced greatly’ (1 Samuel 11:15).
This is not, however, the whole story. Things were to get worse, much
worse - ‘You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
This persuasion is not from Him who calls you’ (Galatians 5:7-8).
Remember the parable of the sower: ‘Satan immediately comes and takes
away the Word... When tribulation or persecution arises on account of
the Word, immediately they fall away... The cares of the world and the
delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke
the Word, and it proves unfruitful’ (Mark 4:15,17,19). Pray - ‘Deliver us from evil’ (Matthew 6:13).
‘Samuel did what the Lord commanded’ (1 Samuel 16:4). Real obedience comes from ‘the heart’. It is more than just ‘keeping up appearances’…