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I Samuel I Part I–Fervent Prayer

When we are hurting, there is nothing more powerful than prayer.  Prayer is our ongoing conversation with the one that created and loves us unconditionally.  The greatest gift we have is the ability to talk to God Directly.  We do not need an intermediary—we have Jesus the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. God wants to hear from us directly.  He wants the good and the bad.  He knows us, sees us and loves us.  Hannah cried out to him and God heard her prayer.  It did not happen overnight, but, he heard and he answered in a huge way.

We have to continue to cry out to God.  He is not Santa and he is not always going to change things instantly—but, like any father, He is always listening, loving and looking for ways to provide and protect his kids.  We may receive taunting, it may seem like you have prayed forever—but pray knowing he hears you and is preparing the best for you.

Help me Lord to seek you, and wait upon your answer—it is the best.

God Bless You

 And though he loved Hannah, he would give her only one choice portion[b] because the Lord had given her no children. So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children. Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle.[c] Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.

“Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”

Hannah’s Prayer for a Son

Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle.[d] 10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. 11 And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.[e]

12 As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. 13 Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. 14 “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!”

15 “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. 16 Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”

17 “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”

 

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This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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