This is going to be a good week! Our read-this-together-with-your-friends-at-FBC-for-a-blessing-from-God passage this week is 2 Samuel 11 and 12. It is a study of Samuel as an old man. Samuel after he counsels Israel not to choose a king. Samuel after they go ahead and do it anyway. Samuel who feels, unappreciated and rejected. ” far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you”, he says in 12:23. After praying for Israel his whole life, Samuel is unwilling to let a chapter of disappointment, legitimate as it was, keep him from his task. He is determined to “pray through” his disappointment. Not to do so would be sin. The kingdom of Christ would advance faster if His sons and soldiers would learn this lesson. I do not pray because I feel loved and appreciated by others. I pray because I have been loved and blessed by God. It is something I do for Him.