In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a strengthening sermon titled, “Prayer Will Change Your Problem.” Join us as we read about how God gave the Israelite army victory over their enemy when they sought God’s help in 1 Samuel 7:7-12 and learn how seeking God through prayer changes even the most challenging problems. Our prayer is that this message encourages you to believe in God to move powerfully in the midst of the impossible and that your faith would be built in response!
Prayer Will Change Your Problem
1 Samuel 4:1-2 NLT
At that time Israel was at war with the Philistines. The Israelite army was camped near Ebenezer, and the Philistines were at Aphek. The Philistines attacked and defeated the army of Israel, killing 4,000 men.
1st God honors persistent prayer
1 Samuel 7:6-7 NLT
So they gathered at Mizpah and, in a great ceremony, drew water from a well and poured it out before the Lord. They also went without food all day and confessed that they had sinned against the Lord. When the Philistine rulers heard that Israel had gathered at Mizpah, they mobilized their army and advanced. The Israelites were badly frightened when they learned that the Philistines were approaching.
1 Samuel 7:8 NLT
“Don’t stop pleading with the Lord our God to save us from the Philistines!” they begged Samuel.
2nd God works through worship
1 Samuel 7:9-10 NLT
So Samuel took a young lamb and offered it to the Lord as a whole burnt offering. He pleaded with the Lord to help Israel, and the Lord answered him. Just as Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines arrived to attack Israel. But the Lord spoke with a mighty voice of thunder from heaven that day, and the Philistines were thrown into such confusion that the Israelites defeated them.
3rd God brings victory from defeat
1 Samuel 7:11-12 NLT
The men of Israel chased them from Mizpah to a place below Beth-car, slaughtering them all along the way. Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”), for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!”