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Sandy's Devotional

Aug 01, 2022 • By Sandy Shoshani


Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the Lord and he answered them. He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them. (Psalm 99:6-7)

Indeed, for the sake of His great name, the LORD will not abandon His people, because He was pleased to make you His own. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you. And I will continue to teach you the good and right way. Above all, fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you. (1 Samuel 12:22-24)

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth yielded its crops. James 5:16-18

Moses, Aaron and Samuel were called priests because they brought the people to God in prayer. They were not perfect, and had a human nature like we do, but God heard their prayers. Each of one of them blessed the people in a different way through their intercessions. Samuel said that it would be sin for him not to pray for the people. We, like these men, are not expected to be perfect, but rather to be faithful in prayer for those who need God’s love and forgiveness. Elijah, too, had a nature like ours and became discouraged sometimes, but his faithful prayers yielded much fruit. Week after week, it is a privilege to be able to pray for the women in crisis on this list as ‘priests’, standing in the gap for them, interceding on their behalf to God. I am deeply grateful to all of our prayer partners who do not ‘cease to pray’ and we know that our prayers ‘have much power to prevail and accomplish much.’