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A Prayer that Our Enemies are 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 … Read More >

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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 … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 116

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - April 26 Consider how great things He hath done for you. —1 Samuel 12:24 Look back on all the way the Lord your God has led you. Do you not see it dotted with ten thousand blessings in disguise? Call to mind the needed succor sent at the critical moment; the right way chosen for you, instead of the wrong way you had chosen for yourself; the hurtful thing to which your heart so fondly clung, removed out of your path; the breathing-time granted, which your tried and struggling spirit just at the moment … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 363

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - December 29 She (Hannah) . . . prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore . . . she spake in her heart. —1 Samuel 1:10, 13 For real business at the mercy-seat give me a home-made prayer, a prayer that comes out of the depths of my heart, not because I invented it, but because God the Holy Ghost, put it there, and gave it such living force that I could not help letting it out. Though your words are broken, and your sentences disconnected, if your desires are earnest, if they are like coals … Read More >

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What Do We Make Of Ravi Zacharias?

The final report of the sexual misconduct of the late Ravi Zacharias was released last week. Many of us knew the findings would be devastating due to a preliminary report issued several months ago, and even before that report, credible accounts started to surface about his personal lifestyle, rife with sexual dalliances. Reading the report makes us shake our heads in disbelief. How could someone who came across as brilliant, gifted, and credible lead a secret life of such utter slavery to sexual sin? What do we say? I’ve heard remarks like, “He is suffering in hell” or, “We are … Read More >

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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 … Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 52

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - February 21 The LORD is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. —1 Samuel 2:3 God does not measure what we bring to Him. He weighs it. —Mark Guy Pearse Read More >

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Quiet Hour - Day 136

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - May 16 For this child I prayed, and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of Him: therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. —1 Samuel 1:27, 28 God sometimes bestows gifts just that love may have something to renounce. The things that He puts into our hands are possibly put there that we may have the opportunity of showing what is in our heart. Oh, that there were in us a fervor of … Read More >

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5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer | The Invisible World Part 3

Where we go when we are in trouble tells us a lot about who we are. When Saul was in trouble, he went to a witch. Others might turn to alcoholism, consumerism, or workaholism. When you are in a tight place, where and to whom do you turn? Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Play On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Transcript: Welcome to Five Minutes With Pastor Lutzer. I’m so glad that you joined us as we are studying the invisible … Read More >