TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER

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Key Scriptures: Matthew 7:7-11; Mark 11:24; 1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:1-35

ü Hannah the Mother of Samuel went to the LORD

Examples abound in Scriptures of men and women who in the times of adversity did not run away from God, rather they ran to God. The results are astounding, for God is ever willing to rescue us from situations that run contrary to His will for us. He will do like did in the life of Hannah the mother of the great prophet of Israel, who judged Israel for forty years and had the opportunity to anoint the first two kings of that great nation of the LORD.

She was tormented and harassed by her rival Peninnah, because she was childless and loved the more by their husband Elkanah. The book of First Samuel begins with the story of a remarkable woman of God named Hannah.

As I meditated on her life I marveled at her heart towards God. This woman’s simple faith allowed her and it shows us how to walk with God through her deepest valley. God placed her story in Scripture as an example of how a follower His must with Him through adversity. Here are seven lessons we can all learn from the heart of Hannah:

ü Acknowledge God’s Sovereignty

The very first thing we learn about Hannah is that she knew that it was the

LORD that closed her womb. She and her husband saw her infertility as being under God’s sovereign hand. Acknowledging God’s control over all our life’s circumstances is the essential first step to a life of walking with Him. That way we are able to submit to His sovereign authority over our lives.

ü Affirm God’s Righteousness

Hannah saw God as righteous. Even in her deepest distress, she never accused God of being unloving or unjust. There is nothing in her prayers to suggest she cried out, to ask why God allowed it to happen to her.

Her attitude parallels Job1:22, where the Bible says that Job never charged God with wrong. If the first step of walking with God is to accept that He is in control, the second step must be to affirm that the LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works. Psalm 145:17-19.

ü Follow God’s Ways

When confronted with deep soul pain, many people make the choice to walk away from God. Not Hannah. Year after year, she remained faithful to Him, even if it meant traveling to Shiloh with another woman who delighted in making her miserable. She could have feigned illness or could have outright refused to go.

Instead, she continued to obey God’s commands year after year after year, fully knowing how hard the road of obedience sometimes was. Obedience is very important in receiving the blessings of the LORD.

ü Take the Pain to the LORD

Acknowledging God’s sovereignty and righteousness and remaining faithful to Him does not mean we have to stuff away our pain or pretend it does not hurt. God is a loving Father and He both understands our pain and desires that we pour out our heart to Him.

· Hannah, as we see in 1 Samuel 1-2:10

· David in opposition from Saul and his son Absalom – 2 Samuel 15-19; Psalm 142

· Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, poured out his pain to God –Matthew 26:36-46 God always receives and answers all that call upon Him. Hence, we can freely pour out our heart to God for He will always receive us.

PRAYER POINTS

We thank you LORD, for we know that You always answer us.
We that declare that you are the ever-living God who reigns eternally.
You are the One who works with humanity in times and seasons, but is not limited by time or space – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
In His Footsteps

Dr. Margaret J Makinde

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