They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.”
Insight: Picture the Israelites in this scene. They came to Mizpah because they have decided to change their ways, they want to follow the Lord again. While they are seeking the Lord and attempting to make themselves right before Him, the Philistines surround the town and are going to attack them. Have you ever been there? Have you gotten to a breaking point and said ‘okay God, I’m coming back to you.’ Then it feels like the moment you try to return to Him, the world starts falling apart? I know I have. Being at their breaking point though, the Israelites do not even try to go out and defend themselves against the Philistines, they do not ask other people for help; they have returned to the Lord so they do the only thing they can do in that circumstance, they pray more! “Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us,” they cry and they have faith that God will rescue them by His strength, not theirs.
Prayer: Help us Lord when we are at our breaking point to cry out for your power, to cry out for YOU to rescue us. We are so easily distracted by the competing powers of this world, help us to rely on your strength rather than our own.