Pray, and Keep Praying!
More than anything else in life, Hannah wanted a son. And as the years passed she wrestled with disappointment and despair. ‘…in bitterness of soul (Hannah) wept much and prayed to the Lord’ (1 Samuel 1:10 NKJV).
However, she did two things that worked—and they’ll work for you, too!
1) Instead of turning away from God, she turned to Him. Instead of praying less, she prayed more. She knew that while her husband couldn’t give her a child, God could. She may not have been happy with God’s timing, but she never doubted His goodness.
Unfortunately, one of the things we’re tempted to do when things fall apart is to avoid God’s presence. That’s a mistake, because He’s the one you need most! Yes, it’s hard to pray when your heart is breaking. But unless you’ve prayed with a broken heart and a deep sense of your need, you’ve never really poured out your heart before God, or learned what the Bible truly means by prayer.
2) She didn’t just think about what she wanted, she also thought about what God wanted. ‘…she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will…not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life…”’ (v. 11 NIV). And shortly after that Samuel was conceived. When you’re willing to make a promise to God that He can hold you to (which is what a vow is), you’re getting serious about prayer. And that’s when God will get serious about your prayer as well! So, ‘pour out your heart before Him’.
‘…Pour out your heart before Him…’ Psalms 62:8 NAS
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 66:3, 10, 12, 16-20; 67:1-2
Say to God, how awesome your deeds are! For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. Yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. Come & hear, all you who fear God & I will tell what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, & high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me! My God be gracious to us & bless us & make His face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations! When you pray, God hears & answers your request, then the world sees & comes to know there is a God who saves! Pray more today so that His way may be known! Speak of His mighty deeds today! God is in love with you! He longs to answer your prayers. Only keep yourself pure as you cry out to Him & He promises to come & answer your request! Seek Him today! Never delay!