Then Samuel took a stone and set it up…and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:13 NKJV

Occasionally we are in Washington DC on business. It is a beautiful city of monuments and memorials. Monuments serve to remind us of past sacrifices paid for the cost of victory. They bring to mind the blessing of liberty. Remembrance and gratefulness are not only good social values, they are very Biblical.

You may not raise up some great stone like the prophet Samuel erected, but you need to monument your miraculous breakthroughs with your testimony. Christ’s divine intervention in your life must be remembered and shared as your narrative, your story. Vocalize your gratitude for the Lord’s great blessings.

While completing the work on The Summit, our mountaintop lodge type fellowship hall, our construction supervisor had bulldozed aside a large boulder. He noticed it was shaped like our Prayer Mountain logo. He pushed it into a standing position and concreted its base. It became a monument to the fact that we had completed this popular meeting hall debt-free, with God’s miraculous help. We named that stone Ebenezer—The Stone of Help.

Long ago the prophet Samuel set up a huge stone to commemorate God’s miraculous deliverance and triumph over the Philistines. That memorial stone he named Ebenezer, or Stone of Help. The monument marked a divine miracle when Israel had been called to gather with Samuel for a national day of prayer, fasting, and repentance. Information of that prayer event came to the notice of the Philistine opposition leaders. They immediately launched a surprise military attack on the unarmed Israelite prayer assembly. Those praying people fearfully called on the Lord for help. Samuel led their prayers. God sent a mighty thunderstorm that routed the Philistine armies That’s when Samuel set up a monument on the site of battle. It commemorated God’s great deliverance of Israel.

There is a Bible tradition of marking those profound moments of divine help. For instance, Jacob marked the site of his amazing dream of the heavenly ladder with angels ascending and descending. He monumented the placed with a large, anointed stone. He named that place Bethel, the House of God. (See Genesis 28.)

All believers who pray for divine help need to raise up memorials in their heart and life’s story to testify to others of the goodness of the Lord. Be sure to monument your miracles!


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