DAILY BIBLE READING:

1 Samuel 12:1–13:23 
John 7:1-30 
Psalm 108:1-13 
Proverbs 15:4

BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:

1 Samuel 12:23 “As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you. I will teach you the good and right way.” 

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

The prophet Samuel was a major character in the Old Testament Jewish story. In fact, there may have been none larger than him between Moses and King David.

But, all good things must come to an end. In 1 Samuel 23, the great prophet was giving his farewell to Israel with some instructions and a warning or two.

As he was bringing his speech to a close, he made the people a promise: that he would continually pray for them and would, as long as the Lord was willing, continue to teach them how to live and think in a way that pleased the Lord.

These two activities (prayer & instruction) are the primary tools that any Jesus-following influencer uses to this day. 

Do you want to influence your children? Pray for them and instruct them in God’s Word.

Do you want to influence those in your Bible study class? Pray for them and instruct them in God’s Word.

Do you want to influence someone in your workplace who needs to grow in their walk with Jesus? Pray for them and instruct them in God’s Word.

These are the tools we have been given to influence others. These are the primary tools by which we will make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). We pray and instruct from God’s Word.

So, get to it. Spend time in prayer for others today. And then look for ways to share God’s truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) with others.