Empowered Devotional Series
Tuesday January 16, 2024
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1: 9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.” 15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” 17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” 18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.
Meditation: Deep need can be a catalyst to push us toward seeking the Lord with great intensity and conviction. When we find that our need is one that only God can meet, our prayers become more focused on seeking the Lord for His intervention and guidance.
– Hannah had without question prayed about her situation many times prior to the one recorded in the passage above. Her prayers for a child had until this time gone unanswered, yet Hannah was not deterred from seeking the Lord in prayer!
– Too often we are prone to give up praying about a matter if the answer delays in coming for an extended period of time. Please know that delayed answers are not to be interpreted as a “no”. There can be many reasons why the answer we might be seeking from the Lord is not quickly realized. God has His timing and God’s timing is always perfect, even though we might find it to be unbearable. John 11: 21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
– Delays in receiving the answer to your prayer can be for the glory of God to be revealed in a far more significant way! Hannah was so moved in prayer for God to give her a son that she decided to dedicate her unconceived son to the Lord! What tremendous faith Hannah had to make this vow to God!
– Hannah’s perseverance and faith in prayer culminated in Hannah hearing and receiving a message from God communicated through the priest of God affirming that God would provide. In fact, that word from Eli settled the matter for Hannah. She had her answer!