Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Evening

Read 1 Samuel 1 and 2

Hannah was a woman of faithfulness. She longed for a child, and she prayed diligently for one. Her prayers were filled with “bitterness of soul” and "weeping.” (1 Samuel 1:10)

Read the first chapter and listen to the prayers of Hannah. What was her vow to God? What are you facing in your life that you are wrestling with God about?

From May 7 to May 17, Kim and I saw our first grandchild and our youngest daughter graduated from college. Those were emotion-filled times. We now face an epic of our lives we have not yet known. Some of my prayers recently have been about how to be a grandfather and nurture two daughters who are on their own.There has been some "wrestling" going on about this...

Make your heart’s desires known to God. Know that He will hear as you pour out your soul, and trust He will answer with a deeper love and power than we can ever comprehend (Ephesians 3: 14-21).

After God was true to His word through Eli, Hannah was true to her word to God. (1 Samuel 1:21-28) She also prayed a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Read her prayer of praise to God. (1 Samuel 2:1-10)

Underline and repeat those portions of her prayers that can be your prayer to God. How is her prayer your prayer to God today?

The part of her prayer captured in verse 3 is my prayer this evening. Hannah reminds us that God is truly sovereign and we are not.

1 comment:

Tammy said...

Wrestling with God has become a familiar but strengthening exercise for me these days. Thus my favorite part of Hannah's prayer is: "The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength." That prayer resonates loud and clear for me in the same way that
2 Corinthians 12:10 does, "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." I'm constantly stumbling as I try to follow God, but if the stumbling takes me to my knees, that just puts me in a better position to honor the God I love and serve and to humbly listen to what He has for me.
It's been a great day! Thanks for leading us on this journey!