Happy Mother’s Day!!
We are moving on to our second week of the Believe Series
We are going to talk about prayer -
I feel like it is ordained of the Lord that we are talking about Prayer on Mother’s Day. I have never known a more prayerful group of people than women.
5but to Hannah he would give a doubleportion, for he loved Hannah, but the LORD had closed her womb. 6Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb. 7It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat. 8Then Elkanah her husband said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heartsad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?"
9Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priestwas sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. 10She, greatly distressed, prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. 11She made a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant,but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD allthe days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” 12Now it came about, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eliwas watching her mouth. 13As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Elithought she was drunk. 14Then Eli said to her, "How long will you makeyourself drunk? Put away your wine from you." 15But Hannah replied,"No, my lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither winenor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16"Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spokenuntil now out of my great concern and provocation." 17Then Eli answeredand said, "Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him." 18She said, "Let your maidservant find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was nolonger [sad].
Why did the Lord deny children to this woman?
- We are often presented with circumstances that do not seem fair, that are painful to us, that we do not understand - we have a decision to make in those moments.
- Are we going to let our circumstance inform us about our God or are we going to let our God inform us about our circumstance?
- Hannah could have complained - look at the conversation she has with her husband - no complaining spirit there!
- Hannah could have gotten bitter and angry - tried to take revenge on the other wife of her husband and gain something for herself in that way
- Hannah could have turned from the Lord
God was not punishing Hannah
God was not displeased with Hannah
There is nothing here of God saying - "if you only wanted it bad enough”, or “you’re gonna have to work for it"
- Theres something about desperation: it is a beautiful breeding ground for faith. It changes our perspective. We will try anything. We will reach for impossibilities. We will believe anything.
- the Cyrophoneacian woman - Mark 7
- the woman with the issue of blood - Mark 5
- the man who’s son was throwing himself in the fire - Mark 9
- the centurion - Luke 7
- God was letting hunger do it’s work in Hannah
- God was waiting for Hannah to learn to trust Him.
- God was inviting Hannah to believe for a higher destiny for her son -
- God had a powerful calling in store for Hannah’s son and until she was aligned and surrendered to His will for Samuel it was not time for Samuel to come.
- God was waiting for Hannah to be able to see the kind of future for her boy that she had not been able to see before
Anna - Luke 2:36-38
36And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribeof Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with [her] husbandseven years after her marriage, 37and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastingsand prayers. 38At that very moment she came up and [began] giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Mary at the death of Lazarus - Luke 11