Do you realize that prayer has power to transform? Do you realize that prayer has power to create? Do you realize that prayer has power to renew? Do you realize that prayer has the power to calm? Do you realize that prayer has power to make a difference?
Ever been in need and been willing to step out believing and ask for prayer? Was it for you? Was it for someone else? Was it about health? Was it about provision? Was it about wisdom? Was it about plans? Would you pray? Would you be willing to have someone else pray?
Imagine what people would think if they saw you go forward for prayer… Does it matter what they think? Is their thinking more important than the intercession and intervention that comes through prayer? Is what you and God have to talk about more important than what others think? Will you trust God to step out and show Him that You mean business?
Imagine this story that happened many years ago with me. Imagine there was a time for prayer for people who wanted to have children. Imagine that your wife was serving in the nursery and you were alone in the main sanctuary. Imagine they call people who are wanting to have children forward and you know that you and your wife have been trying and really wanted to have another child. Would you go even though you would have to make the walk alone? Would you go even though everyone would see you going by yourself to the front of the church? Would you put fear of man ahead of faith in God? What would you do? I know what I wanted and I know what I did. I went forward all by myself. I remember after service people coming up to me and asking if my wife knew, if my wife knew I want more children, if my wife knew that I was going forward, … I just knew what God had put on my heart and I knew that I trusted that God would be able to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way. I knew that God could provide for the desires of our hearts. I know God’s Word says to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. I know that God’s Word says “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I was more focused on meeting with God, with hearing from God, and with His anointing being over the situation than worrying about what everyone else might think or say.
Since that time we were blessed with another daughter and then the promised son.
I remember another time, home alone during my devotional time speaking with God and telling Him how I felt connected to Philip the evangelist and he had 4 daughters and asking Him if I was going to have all daughters or would I have a son. That morning my reading was about Abraham and Sarah and the promised son Isaac. I took hold of that and told my wife that we would have a son and when we did that instead of Benjamin (which had been the boy name I had selected) his name would be Isaac.
Don’t be worried about what others think about the fact that you want to have an encounter with God and find something. Don’t be worried about what others may think or say about the fact that you want to have and live in relationship with God. Let’s put God first! Let’s receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior! Let’s choose to build an intimate relationship with God!
Today’s reading speaks of a woman named Hannah and her prayers, let’s take a look…
The Birth of Samuel
There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord . On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord , she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?” After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord . 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. And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord . Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord ; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 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 .”
Samuel Given to the Lord
The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the Lord and dwell there forever.” Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him; only, may the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. And the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord . For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord . As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord .” And he worshiped the Lord there.
Would you pour out the desires of your heart to God? Would you do it no matter what others might say? Would you do it even if you were being provoked in order to try to irritate you? Would you do it even if the one who was ministering misinterpreted what was going on and be confident enough to speak the truth that they may bless you?
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the subject of Acts of Mercy speaks to an organization named Hannah’s prayer ministries which finds its root in 1 Samuel. The story of Hannah inspired this charitable organization to help women through struggles of infertility and difficult pregnancies. The purpose of the organization is
Hannah’s Prayer Ministries provides Christian-based support and encouragement to married women around the world who are struggling with the pain of fertility challenges, including primary and secondary infertility, pregnancy loss, early infant death, and adoption loss. Our outreach extends to those who become mothers of living children through pregnancy, adoption, and/or foster care.
This organization now includes thousands of members from around the world.
I thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord for the divine intersection of my life with Your church at Christmas 2000 and how through that divine encounter my life has been transformed. I thank You Lord that You have shown me Your Word, Your truth, Your vision, Your wisdom, Your direction, Your instruction, Your correction, Your forgiveness, and continue to show me daily Your love. I give this day into Your hands Lord and ask for Your help in accomplishing Your will in and through my life and the life of my family into the people around us. Help me today and every day with decisions I need to make, conversations I need to have, and things I need to accomplish. Help me Lord I pray to be a good steward, that in all things, at all times that I may bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.