THEME : ” AN IGNORANT PRAYER “
TEXT : 1 Samuel 15:17-22 (KJV)
15:17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own
sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel,
and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
15:18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and
utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and flght against
them until they be consumed.
15:19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the
LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight
of the LORD?
15:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, l have obeyed the
voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD
sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and
have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the
chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed,
to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in
burnt offerings and sacriflces, as in obeying the voice of the
LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacriflce, and to
hearken than the fat of rams.
I have always admonished believers never to pray that God
should humble them; this is an ignorant prayer. The truth is
that God has given everyone the capacity to choose
whatever he or she wants to do, and He will not interfere
with our choices. For this reason, every man is responsible
for his or her actions. Why is this so? This is because man,
unlike other creatures, was created as an agent of free will.
The Bible in Deuteronomy 30:19 Says : ” I call heaven and
earth to record this day against you, that I have set before
you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose
life, that both thou life and death, blessing and cursing:
therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live “.
The above passage of Scripture explains God’s attitude to
man’s fall in the Garden of Eden. Although He had instructed
Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the knowledge of good
and evil, He did not try to stop them when they did eat it,
even though He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent.
His righteous nature would not allow Him to hold back the
free will He had already given to them. However, they lived
to bear the consequences of their choice to disobey God.
In our Bible reading today, King Saul momentarily forgot the
low estate he occupied before he was made the king of
Israel. His forgetfulness caused him to think that he could
flout the instructions given to him by the King of kings. He
decided to listen to his human counsellors, and he began to
rationalise the instructions God gave him. King Saul therefore
became swollen-headed, and Prophet Samuel who anointed
him as king became ” old school ” and ” old fashioned ” in his
eyes. To him, there should be no ‘ waste ‘,’ after all, why
destroy valuable fatted cows?
Moreover, great kings would begin to pay tribute to him for
sparing their lives. Contrast this attitude against his humble
demeanour before he became king. He himself had once said
in 1 Samuel 9:21 Saying : ” …Am not I a Benjamite, of the
smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all
the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then
speakest thou so to me? ”
Remembering this, Prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:17 Said :
” …When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not
made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed
thee king over Israel? “
May the Lord deliver his children from pride in Christ Jesus
Mighty Name. Our approach to humility should be to heed
the counsel of submission in today’s memory verse; the
reason being that if we do not humble ourselves voluntarily
and God has to do it, one could end up like King Saul, whom
the Lord rejected from being king over His people (1 Samuel
15:26). May that not be your portion in Jesus Christ Mighty
Prayer Point : ” Father Lord, I submit myself to Your
Lordship. I will seek what You want, and what You hate, I will
hate. Help me to stay true to this commitment in Christ
Jesus Merciful Name, Amen “.