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        (09/19/2000) obedience or sacrifice?
Hello prayer warriors,

1. Prayer note: obedience or sacrifice?

[1 Samuel 15:22]
And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in
burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the
voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than
sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Sometimes we think that we have sacrificed a lot for
the Lord and because of that, when given a choice
between doing right and wrong, we sometimes choose to
disobey. In the passage above, Saul did not do as the
Lord asked him to, to utterly destroy the Amalekites
but decided to take the spoils. When asked by Samuel,
why is there bleating of sheep in his ear, Saul said
that he decided not to obey because he wanted to
sacrifice the spoils to the Lord.

I read a story where a father told his son that he
needs to do what makes him happy. One day the son came
home and told the father that he's not going to
college because he has found what makes him happy and
that is driving the grocery truck. The father couldn't
say anything because he was a victim of his own
myopia. He then realised that he gave his son the
wrong advice, life isn't about being happy but it is
about growing.

Are we going to be people that God cannot depend on or
others cannot depend on because we just want to do
what makes us happy. This is something that I have
learned the hard way. I've failed in some of the
things that I've started to do for God because I gave
up when it was emotionally too taxing for me.

[2 Tim 2:2]
And the things you have heard from me among many
witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be
able to teach others also.

God is not looking for able men who will be faithful.
He is looking for faithful men first who will be able
because God will give us the anointing and the ability
to carry out the task when we decide that we are going
to be obedient and do what is right. In Samuel's
words: obedience is better than sacrifice.

2. New prayer requests:
i. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- guest
My husband has been battleing PTSD for 28 years. He is
finally facing the horrors he experienced in Vietnam.
Please pray for him to recover from his depression &
isolation. He has a strong faith in God & is seeking
help through counseling. Also, please pray for his
counselor to guide him in the right direction.

ii. Pray for Debbie -- thankful
Dear prayer warriors; please pray for my friend Debbie
who is being chastised by God & really grieving. The
devil knew she was trying to return to the Lord but
was fearful & hesitated only to be involved in crime
which may cause her to lose her children. Please pray
for mercy as well as courage to be honest & strong
through this trial, but most importantly to return to
the Lord fully & to save the heart especially of her
daughter and for God to open doors of freedom,
spiritually & emotionally.

iii. Family Finances & Strained Relationships -- gmles
Please pray for a young family who's finances are
strained beyond the limit. They are Christians, but
have fallen away from their church. Also, family
relationships have become strained.

iv. Pray for restoration of my family -- bella
I am a single mom, with two wonderful children. I have
been in an abusive relationship with their father for
7 years, & I left 5 months ago. Please pray for God to
give me the wisdom & patience to be the mother that I
need to be. I know that I am not alone for God has
blessed me, and kept us. The father has a drug &
alcohol problem, and has never known the Lord. I am
willing for God to change me first, & pray for him as
well. But sometimes his anger gets to me and I do not
want anger to control my life, or the hurt to turn to
bitterness. I know that anger & bitterness only keeps
us from where God wants us to go.

3. Prayer update:
i. Update on Eleanor -- debski
Praise God for all of the prayers we received. It is a
blessing to know they are being said & helping.
Eleanor is still in the hospital. She has her ups &
downs, she is still fighting but her will is
deflating. It was discovered recently that she has a
huge kidney stone that at this time cannot be
corrected. She has also developed a staph infection in
the stump of her leg. Please continue to pray for us.
Again thank you for all your support & prayers.

4. Number of prayer warriors: 423
We welcome arbc, jesuspod4ever, soldieroflight,
workinprogress and rach4him20 into our prayer group.

in Christ,
Tuesday, September 19, 2000 11:34:26 AM   waihun

changed on Tuesday, September 19, 2000 11:39:27 AM

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