Read 1 Samuel 1:9-20

In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.

1 Samuel 1:10 (NIV)

We all long for something at a point in our lives.  Hannah like any other woman longed for a child.  She thought the only way out was to pour out her bitterness and anguish to God through prayer.  On the road to achieving her desire, obstacles emerged. Eli the Priest thought she was drunk while her rival also provoked her.

One thing I’ve realized is that we only get a positive result when we are able to ignore all obstacles and barriers we have to encounter in order to achieve our longing.

Hannah ignored the challenges because of that one thing she desired of the Lord – a male child. She became pregnant and gave birth to Samuel – a leader who changed the destiny of Israel.  She never knew her prayer for just a male child would eventually produce a prophet who would anoint Saul & David. (Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anoint you ruler over his inheritance?-1 Samuel 10:1; So Samuel took the horn of oil and anoint him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.-1 Samuel 16:13 (NIV))

At times our longings, desires and hurtful pains cause us to believe and depend on God and at the end mighty and mega blessings are obtained.  I am reminded in Psalm 91:15 that when I call on the name of the Lord he’ll answer.

For that desired child, job, marriage, health, etc. I don’t have to give up buy keep depending and trusting him for an answer.

Lord, may my longing cause me to pray and depend on you

Thought for the Day
He is a prayer answereth God

Prayer focus
Those desiring children