Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lent 2010, Day 16

And Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. Then Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him. Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel. And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car. I Samuel 7:9-11
Here the Lord God sent confusion to the enemies of the people of God in answer to earnest prayer. It is one of many examples in the Old Testament. There are enough modern day instances of the same benevolent intervention in the affairs of men when Satanic attacks to let us know that God is still active and protective of the people who try to follow Him.

Lent is a good time to engage in that earnest prayer for our country, for our churches, for our families, and for ourselves. May godliness stand in simple, stark contrast to the confusion of evil attitudes and actions because we prayed earnestly.

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