For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you,…
Last week we learned that even though we might be standing in a dry place with “I don’t know what to do” written all over our faces…God knows exactly where we are. And even when it looks like it is down to the last possible moment. You must remember, he is omnipresent—everywhere at the same time. Even in your silent suffering, he can hear your desperate cries for help. He hears your wordless cries. (Genesis 4:10)
She went on a fast because she was in a dry place.
The next time you pray and nothing happens get Hannah’s attitude. Who’s Hannah? If you open your bible to I Samuel Chapter One you will find Hannah was Elkanah’s favorite of his two wives. Whenever Elkanah would go to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh; he would always give Hannah a double portion for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. And because his other wife, Peninnah, had children she provoked Hannah severely, year in and year out when they would go to Shiloh. Peninnah chided Hannah so she cried and refused to eat. She went on a fast because she was in a dry place. (Matthew 17:21)
Out of bitterness of soul she prayed to the Lord…
One day when Hannah got tired of being teased, she went to the Lord’s house in Shiloh. Out of bitterness of soul she prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. As she prayed she made a vow if the Lord gave her a son she would give him back to His service. In continued prayer, she prayed out of her heart so that her lips moved but no words came out. Eli the priest observed this, and accused her of being drunk with wine. Hannah explained to him she was a woman of a sorrowful spirit. She’d had nothing to drink, but rather poured her soul out before the Lord. And asked Eli to not consider her as a wicked woman. For it was out of the abundance of her complaint and grief she had spoken. Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”
Notice Hannah’s countenance changed. For she had laid her petition, with confidence, before the Lord. And the priest had also prayed for her. The heaviness she carried in her heart was lifted. We must observe in the process of time—at the end of the pregnancy she gave birth to God’s answer to her prayer—a son who was living and thriving. The words the Lord speaks are spirit and they are life. (John 6:63)
We must press our way through…
Although our lives, at times, appear to be a world of troubles wrapped in a mirage of hopelessness; God has already fixed our lives in ways we never knew possible; when we follow the plans He made. In one day, being divinely blessed by God can erase all the failures and disappointments of a lifetime. We must press our way through in prayer even when it looks like it is not being answered. So when the answered prayer comes you can give it back to the Lord. He will break it, bless it and multiply it! (Luke 9:16)
- The best position to fight any battle is on your knees in prayer.
- When you pray. Pray in faith with confidence.
- Don’t straddle the fence. Repent and keep it moving.
- When going through the maze of relationships ask God for continual guidance.
- You are not a magician—Pray in humility seeking God for wisdom.
- If you raise a child in the way he/she should go; it will always be with them.
- No matter how many times you get knocked down get back up.
- You may feel landlocked but God is still directing your steps.
When you find yourself in any of these places face those problems head on. I know it sounds a little out there. But so is God out there; waiting to hear from you. It is imperative to continue seeking His council in prayer. Even if you cannot speak, remember Ishmael and Hannah; neither could Ishmael, yet his prayer touched the throne of God. And if you possess the faith of a mustard seed—you can have the confidence in knowing yours can too! (Matthew 17:20)
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week….Blessings and Peace!
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