Hannah had circumstances that lasted for years. She was not able to have children, and was being ridiculed because of it. Hannah was depressed, it affected her physically, mentally, emotionally. Her response was prayer. In she said, “I have been praying here out of my anguish and grief.” She honestly prayed to God. In she found encouragement from a priest named Eli. In Hannah responded, “‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.” Hannah finally gave her problems to God, and the result was a change physically, mentally, and emotionally.
I’m amazed how good God is, and how he works. Pastor Greg spoke from , Let Us Pray. Our prayer are NOT inconvenient to God. In these verses we are to 1) Ask. God wants us to communicate with him. 2) Seek. Action to our prayer life-seeking counsel from others and reading God’s Word. 3) Knock. Persistent. God becoming real in our lives.
Looking back to 1 Samuel and how it relates to the message Let Us Pray. Hannah prayed, over several years she asked. She sought and found counsel from Eli. She gave her circumstance to God.
My personal circumstances have recently been really difficult. Like Hannah I’ve felt the physical, emotional, and mental impact. My emotions have been all over the place–Anger. Sorrow. Sometimes relief. I have found myself thinking and praying throughout the day as I drive, as I work. I’ve let people speak into my life, giving me counsel. I am trying to be consistently in God’s Word, and letting God become real in my life. It’s a daily decision, it’s a daily battle. I am thankful that I am a child of God, and he hears and knows my cry. Continuously Amazed by God and his goodness.
12 As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 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. 14 And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” 15 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. 16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” 18 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.
19 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. 20 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.”
21 The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow. 22 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.” 23 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. 24 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. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. 26 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. 27 For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28 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. (ESV)
16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” (ESV)
17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” (ESV)
18 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. (ESV)
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (ESV)