And Samuel took a lamb, and offering it for a burnt offering unto the Lord;
and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel and the Lord heard him.
— 1 Samuel 7:9
The need for divine help felt in time of war drives men to God. Battlefield prayers were common in the early history of Israel. So Samuel prays before the battle of Ebenezar. The people asked him to pray for them in such an emergency. God heard Samuel's prayer.
What do we learn from this experience?
1. God is more ready to hear the prayers of his people when they repent than when they remain proud and disobedient. Amen.
2. God's ministers can pray with more comfort and confidence for a repentant people, than when the people do not repent.