Monday, March 13, 2017

A FERVENT SPIRIT

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 1

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

“Shiloh” is referred to in 1 Samuel 1:3. Its ancient ruins are in this hill area where an Israeli settlement now stands.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 1:10

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.

Today we begin 1st and 2nd Samuel. These books tell us of the life and times of Samuel — Judge, Prophet, and Priest. It was Samuel who appointed the first two Kings of Israel, Saul and David.
The birth of Samuel is a miracle of God. His mother, Hannah, was childless. Like Sarah before her, she experienced intense sorrow because of her inability to conceive. She took her anguish to God again and again, so much so that Eli, the Priest, thought she was drunk. God intervened for her and for His long-term plan to raise up a mighty man of God. Let us remember that “fervent effectual prayer avails much” (James 5:16). God does not violate human free will; therefore, the high level of fervency is a sure sign that our wills are surrendered to God’s will. Hannah and Samuel teach us that God responds directly in proportion to the level of our obedience and fervency in prayer.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I pray, as Your disciples asked You, “Lord, increase our [my] faith!” Your response to this request called for some “fervent” action on the part of the “learners” from You. Please grant me the grace to put into practice Your means of increasing my faith (read Luke 17:1-10).

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve just gone back to my blog from last September when I did a paragraph on Luke 17. Understanding Jesus’ answer to the “increase our faith” petition can teach us much. I thought it was worth repeating, and I need the reminder regularly (here is a link back to that blog posting).

Eli, the Priest, thought Hannah was drunk. I’ve seen drunken people, particularly as a Pastor. I’ve never been drunk with an alcoholic substance, and I don’t intend to ever find out what it’s like. However, I’m sure I’ve had the symptoms from time to time in the anguish of strong intercessory prayer. I’ve been overcome with powerful emotions as I have identified with the crushing hurts of humanity. This is good! This kind of prayer “avails much.” Jesus, Himself, while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, “being in anguish, prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44). The result was that in His humanity He received the strength to endure the Cross. Hallelujah!

Yours to help us all learn and practice strong intercession,

David

This is in the area of the Garden of Gethsemane, beside the present day Church of All Nations, on the Mount of Olives.

16 thoughts on “Monday, March 13, 2017

  1. I have not been receiving your blogs from Sunday. They seem to be quite erratic. I send them all over the world . Blessings

    • This happens to me quite often. I can access the blog through other means but it does get rather frustrating. I have it for a few days then don’t get it…etc

    • Shirley and Samuel allow me to share how I have been receiving the Blog daily. I have kept a Crossroads Newsletter,dated June 15,2012 which shows the 100 Words Daily Blog advertisement as NEW In my e-mail box . So all I have to do is Click on it. You may have a Crossroads Newsletter with such advertisement in your files? Of course you have to keep it as NEW 😀 I wish all a very blessed day. Eraine

    • I get the blog most days. Today X 2 ! But that’s okay. I don’t use it. I put http://www.100words.ca in my search or address line. Then the blog comes in a larger font! I just recently found out that I can just “speak” to my Smartphone & it brings it right up. I can also forward it on.

  2. I so enjoy your posts as I follow your study of the Bible. I have not received posts for Sunday or Monday. When I go to the web page I am unable to re- subscribe. How can I do this? Gods blessing to all of you.

  3. I said the same prayer as you today it is good to be reminded. The words God gave for our church this year is Ignite In Prayer. I pray for you David that God will heal you completely and give you the strength you need
    in Jesus name amen
    I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me Phil 4:13

  4. Thank you Pastor David, I love the way you explain the passages each day. I needed reassurance that the more fervently we pray the Lord hears and answers us. I am sure most of us need that reassurance, as like me they have probably been praying for many years, for family and friends to accept the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Bless you,David, Norma Jean, your dear family and all bloggers today.
    Ps Remembering Msry and her husband in prayer for complete healing .
    Eleanor M.

  5. Thank you for posting today’s blog into my “inbox”.

    I prayed with you Pastor David. Yes, Lord increase my faith!!

    Fervent prayer is what Jesus said was required in some instances. Its amazing how quickly “doubt” can enter in when we don’t see immediate results. Lord Jesus, I pray that we/I keep my eyes on you,
    “Jesus the author and finisher of our/my faith” Heb: 12:2.

    Always appreciate the links and the photos you post, Pastor David: Thank you Rev. Reynold Mainse for your excellent photography!

  6. God bless everyone! The Lord is still looking for a reliable vehicle for me! Please pray for this to happen! Pray for Crystal who is working on finding me a good vehicle!
    Bless my neighbour Peggy who is kind enough to drive me where I need to go! Bless her!
    Bless the Mainse family, for David Mainse who puts this blog out daily! It is a joy to read his words and then the input from all the bloggers! I like that very much!
    I so appreciate all the words that are written by all the bloggers!
    God bless those who are dealing with a time change! Lord I ask that You would heal those who in need of healing, that You Lord would forgive all those who need forgiveness and I thank You Lord that You are OUR LORD ALMIGHTY! THE ALPHA AND OMEGA! THANK YOU LORD, WE LOVE YOU AMEN AMEN
    Bless our choir practice tonight!

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