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!”

Have you ever been in a place where you didn’t know what to do?

Today’s text provides a remedy for those in a place of need. We must pray!

Israel had walked away from God and was facing the Philistines, who had held them captive for 20 years. They did not know what to do. They asked the prophet Samuel to pray for them that God would help them. Although they did not always seek God, Samuel always prayed for them.

Through prayer Israel defeated their enemy and to remember this event, Samuel built a memorial and named it Ebenezer (the stone of help).

This visual was a reminder to never forget that it was the Lord that gave them victory and to always thank Him for their victory.

Many times when we think of vision we are looking for something that will help us see into our future. But perhaps today we should reflect back on our past victories and thank the Lord.

It is through our time of gratitude that we realize that our only sustaining “help” and hope can come from the Lord. The greatest challenge to receiving God’s help is acknowledging that we need Him.

It is my prayer, as Samuel stood in the gap for Israel, that we continue to pray for those in our life that need to turn to the Lord and receive His help. We must never forget, that all of our help comes from the Lord!

“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.“
Psalms. 121:2 ESV


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