Praying for Your Leaders
June 11, 2017 Series: Life Lessons From Old Testament People
Passage: 1 Samuel 15:1–15:12
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A God of love, mercy, righteousness and judgment. 1 Samuel 15:1-3 ESV
- We serve a God of second chances.
- We serve a God of love, righteousness and judgment.
And Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. 2 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. 3 Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
The peril of partial understanding, agreement or obedience. 1 Samuel 15:4-9 ESV
- Was this partial understanding, agreement and obedience?
- Did Saul mistake God's mercy and compassion for neutrality and impotence?
So Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand men on foot, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5 And Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley. 6 Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart; go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7 And Saul defeated the Amalekites from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.
Regret, remorse, repentance and intercession. 1 Samuel 15:10-12 ESV
- Saul's time of visitation.
- Samuel's remorse, regret and continued intercession for Saul.
The word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the Lord all night. 12 And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it was told Samuel, “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal.”
For our prayerful study, discussion and application:
- Have you ever been wrong about someone and regretted association or support?
- Have you ever only partially obeyed God and regretted the results?
- Who in leadership would God have you pray for?