• 1 Samuel 8:1-22

I wonder about my prayers. I hear the power in “you have not because you ask not,” and I realize more and more that “Your will be done” is more powerful than a thousand prayers. The people of Israel begged for something they thought would be better for them. They saw the unrighteousness of Samuel’s sons and they asked for something different. But there was something more to their request than wanting a righteous leader.

“And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” –1 Samuel 8:7, NKJV

I wonder about my prayers because so often I ask for things in selfish ways. If I trust Him to reign over my life than my prayers will reflect that. But if I want what I want when I want it because I want it, I reject God’s rule.

The careful prayer, the one that is honest, pure, and seeking God’s rule, produces so much more. The rule of God in my life produces more than I can ask or imagine. I must examine my own heart, open to His correction, and seek Him always. This is the effective prayer of the righteous.

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