(Today’s fasting and prayer Scripture— Luke 18:1-8—- Do not give up praying for family, relatives, friends, neighbors, workmates, classmates, strangers… Jesus told us to “always pray and not give up.” Our faith in Jesus will be seen by persevering prayer… This will be my prayer focus that I seek within the hour of 6am, 12pm and 6pm)
HANNAH’S PRAYER ANSWERED!
She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. —I Samuel 1:10-13
Hannah “was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.” She was barren, but she wanted to have a child so bad. She was deeply emotional about this as she prayed to the Lord. She was asking the Lord to “indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”
Hannah saw herself as our Lord’s servant. Do we see ourselves that way? Hannah was willing to give her son to the Lord’s service in answer to her prayer. Have we dedicated our children to the Lord like that? Do we want them in the service of our Lord for life wherever He may take them? Is that our prayer?
Hannah saw her barrenness as an affliction. She wanted children. How said that many today see their pregnancies as “unwanted.” But this was not the case with Hannah. She wanted to be pregnant. She wanted a child. She prayed in her deep distress and as she prayed she “was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard.” Prayer takes all forms, even voiceless prayer our Lord hears and the Lord did hear and did answer— “And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked for him from the LORD’” (I Samuel 1:20).
The Lord answered in due time, in the course of time and it came to pass! So let us keep coming before our Lord in prayer, expecting it will come to pass… in His time. Yes, Dear Father, may I always pray and not give up. May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMjNpXaLlmU