From Handbook to Scripture, Day 81
READING: 1 SAMUEL 9
The Lord had already selected the man whom Samuel would anoint as Israel’s first king. Saul was a handsome, tall, and imposing figure who had all the appearance and potential of an impressive ruler. God used the incident of Kish’s lost donkeys as a means of drawing Saul to seek out Samuel the seer. Before Saul arrived, the Lord told Samuel that He was sending him the man he was to anoint as ruler over the people. Samuel sat Saul in the place of honor at the feast and later talked with him to prepare him to hear the word of God for him.
Prayer: Lord, what appears to me to be happenstance can be Your divine arrangements for new directions of which I have no knowledge. Let me be sensitive and responsive to Your guidance so that I will not miss what You have for me.
Meditation passage: verse 16
About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me.
From Simple Prayers, Day 81
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
As I approach Your throne of grace today, I am grateful that You care about the things that concern me and that You want me to offer them up to You.
I called on Your name, O Lord,
From the depths of the pit.
You have heard my voice:
“Do not hide Your ear from my cry for relief,
From my cry for help.”
You drew near when I called on You,
And You said, “Do not fear!”
O Lord, You pleaded the cause of my soul;
You redeemed my life. (Lamentations 3:55–58)
Take a moment to share your personal needs with God, including your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual concerns.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
The Lord my God is God of gods and Lord of Lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:17–18)
We know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
If I claim to be without sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me. If I confess my sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive me my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness. If I claim I have not sinned, I make Him a liar and His word is not in me. (1 John 1:8–10)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
I will commit my works to the Lord, and my plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
Lord, I thank You for Your justice and love and for the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank You for forgiving my sins, and I ask that I would commit my works to You.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 81
Lord, I praise you because …
Those who serve and follow the Lord will be honored by His presence.
If anyone serves You, he must follow You;
and where You are, Your servant also will be.
If anyone serves You, the Father will honor him.
Lord Jesus, may I learn to serve You and follow You wherever You lead me to go so that I will abide in You and enjoy Your manifest presence in my life. I am grateful that You honor those who serve You. Teach me what it means to serve You in the daily details of life. Amen.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)