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Hannah’s Prayer is Answered

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses for Hannah, she was childless and not by choice. In the midst of that, her husband Elkanah’s other wife Peninnah had children 1Sam. 1:2 KJV, And he had two wives; the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Hannah was in pain and exasperated by Peninnah. 1Sam. 1:6-7 KJV, And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

Hannah prayed and petition the Lord. In 1Sam. 1:10-11 KJV  And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. Hannah was very specific in her request, she said a man child, this is a reminder of Phil 4:6-7 KJV Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. In God’s timing, Hannah did conceive, 1Sam. 1:20 KJV Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. Hannah remembered her prayer, and kept her vow and reminded the Lord. 1Sam. 1:26-28 KJV, And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

Hannah was so thankful for what God had done she began to pray. Let’s look at Hannah’s Prayer in 1Sam. 2:1-10 KJV, she first reverences the Lord, then warned of the proud and arrogance, we can connect this to several people in the Bible, Eli’s sons, the Philistines, and David’s son Absalom. Her prayer includes how the Lord maketh poor and maketh rich, which is also mentioned in Proverbs 22:2 KJV, The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all. Hannah goes on further and tells how the Lord bringeth low the wicked and I think about Nebuchadnezzar, Saul, and Haman. And God lifteth up the righteous and of course we recall the stories of Job, David, and Mordecai and at the end of her prayer in verse 10 she let it be known by God alone actions are weighed.

Hannah conceived, remembering her vow to the Lord and kept the vow – the sacrifice of giving her son Samuel to serve the Lord. God ended up blessing Hannah with more children. 1Sam. 2:21KJV, And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. And Samuel became a prophet of the Lord 1Sam 19-20 KJV, And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

God knows our heart and he wants us to bring our sorrows and troubles to him, or whatever it is you may be going through. No situation is too big for God. Amen. Trust in his timing and believe that he hears your prayers. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20 KJV.

Be Blessed

The Prayer of Jabez

The Prayer of Jabez

Pray. We hear it all the time and we say it even more. We tell people “pray about it.” Or we’ll say, I’ll be praying for you. We should desire a prayer life because this our time to be closer to God and talk with him on a personal level. However, the intentions of our prayers are just as important as what we actually pray about it. God knows our heart.

As you recall the book of 1Chronicles, Chapters 1-9 are dealing with the genealogies from Adam to David. Chapter 10, is concerning Saul, then we conclude with David’s reign in Chapters 11-29. Now, I want to take you back to the first nine chapters and how The Prayer of Jabez is right in the middle of the genealogies in Chapter 4: 9-10 to be exact. Then the genealogies pick up again.

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. 1Chron 4:9-10 KJV

His mother named him Jabez because of the pain, sorrow, and grief she endured, but he was more than his name implied. He was from the respected lineage of Judah and considered more honourable than his brethren. In his prayer he asked God to bless him, enlarge his territory, to be with him, stay close and keep him from evil. God’s presence was important to Jabez for guidance and protection. And when I think about the part of the prayer when he said keep him from evil, I think about the Lord’s prayer, in Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…

The Prayer of Jabez stands out greatly, because it’s almost like a family member telling you all about your ancestors, then right in the middle of the story they mention this one special person because of their character and their relationship with God. You would never forget that person, if only because it was important enough for your relative to interrupt one story to tell this one, then pick back up where they left off.

God answered Jabez’s passionate and faithful prayer. And this reminds me of the scripture Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; (ask in faith with submission to the will of God) seek, and ye shall find; (seek his face and favor with your whole heart) knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (stand and knock at the door of mercy, again in faith) For every one that asketh receiveth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Be Blessed.

A Prayer For You

Sitting here not knowing what to write about, but I do have a couple of topics in mind. What I know for sure is I don’t want it to be about me. I want to do God’s will and write about what God puts in my heart. This blog was created to help others draw closer to God and for those who don’t know our Savior Jesus Christ this blog will help them start their spiritual journey. Just know the God of hope and glory is with you. I love the Lord and want to tell of his goodness. I pray for you all.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for this day. Lord thank you for loving and keeping us. Thank you for the hedge of protection that surrounds us daily. God order our steps in everything we do. Lord I pray for the leaders of this country and that they show compassion for every human being and they begin to pray before every decision is made. God bless every family, supply their every need, and give them an inner peace and joy. Lord we know nothing is too hard for you and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We are victorious!  God you sit high and look low and you are in control.  We trust you Lord. God, we love you and we give you all the glory, honor, and praise in Jesus name Amen.