As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the
way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what
great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:2324 NIV
In these verses, I see four responsibilities that we have to one another regarding intercessory prayer,
and our ministry to one another which grows out of such prayer.
Pray for You
Samuel said, As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you (1
Samuel 12:23a). It is a privilege for me to go the throne of God in intercessory prayer on your
behalf. I want Gods best for you. Therefore, I must ask, in faith, believing that God wants to give
you his best. God never fails; every time I go to him on your behalf, he always sends me away with
some blessing for myself while meeting your needs as well.
Samuel said, And I will teach you the way that is good and right (1 Samuel 12:23b). The Word is my
source for teaching you Gods truths. God has given us everything we need for living life the way he
wants us to live, the way that is good and right. More than teaching you abstract ideas and vague
concepts, the best way I can teach you is by the example of my life of faith and dependence on God.
As I let him lead me, I become equipped to lead you.
As one who loves you, and who is interested in your growth and maturity in the Lord, I am called by
God to challenge you to live a life of reverence and respect, an attitude of worship, glorifying God in
all you do. Samuel said, Be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully (1 Samuel 12:24a). I should
encourage you to be faithful to him, for in your faithfulness lies Gods opportunity to give you his
greatest blessings. His promises to his chosen, faithful ones are unending.
During those times when you feel discouraged or inadequate, I am called to remind you of how God
has blessed you in the past. Samuel said, Consider what great things he has done for you (1 Samuel
12:24b). Such reminders will enable you to realize that, just as he has blessed you in the past, he has
all the resources needed to bless you in the present and future.
These words of instruction and encouragement show how we can minister to one another through
intercessory prayer. When you are in extended difficulties, I may need to fast and pray on your
Lord, thank you for the privilege of bringing other persons before your throne. Enable me to be an effective intercessory
prayer warrior, placing before your throne of mercy the people you want to touch through me. Amen.
– Dr. Sam Bruce, President, Sam & Sandie Bruce Ministries; Pastor, Hope Point Church, Pearl,
Mississippi; Online Instructor, Mid-America Christian University