DEALING WITH TRIALS (DAY SEVEN)
This chapter tells us how Samuel subdues the Philistines at Mizpah. Samuel was able to subdue them by sacrifice. Sacrifice here means prayer. No one can subdue a territory or a warring enemy without prayer. Beloved, if we must win battles today we must engage in prayer. Prayer defeats the plans of the wicked. When Samuel offered burnt offering his people prevailed over the Philistines(1Sam 7:10). After their victory, Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer which means “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” Beloved, victory comes from the Lord and we must recognize that and appreciate God for it.
1 Hail Mary, 21 times and Thank you Jesus, 21 times.
2 Bible Study: 1Sam 7
- Through prayer and sacrifice we prevail and subdue the might of our foes.
- God is our refuge and our very present help in trouble.
- Ebenezer means “Thus far the Lord has helped us”.
- Prayer is a necessary tool in the face of trials
4 Silence (5 to 10 minutes) (write down your own lessons; learn to hear from God and write down whatever God says to you)
5 Intercessory Prayers:
- Ebenezer as we kneel to pray help us and give us victory.
- My Father and my God, let every strong enemy be subdued in the name of Jesus.
- The God of Samuel accept my sacrifices and prayers. Let them stand to defend any member of my household that is facing the battles of hatred, malice, and sickness.
- Ebenezer – the God of help, as you sustained Samuel on the throne sustain me in grace, preserve me in strengthen and wisdom in the name of Jesus.
- Ebenezer my God like the Israelites help us to put away the worship of Baals and Ashtoreths, the worship of idols and marine spirits, the worship of pride and lust, so that we can serve you whole heartedly.
6. The Litany to the Precious Blood of Jesus (as given on the first day)
7. Memory verse: Ps.46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”.
Final day of this devotion during this month of April! The Month of the Resurrection! Remian Blessed, it is well with you!
Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai