Over the next couple of weeks I want to look in to the two prayers of Hannah that are recorded. Many of us are familiar her first prayer and may not know about her second prayer. This week we are going to look at the fellowship she had with God in her first prayer.
Even though she was in company of other women God had used, Sarah and Rachel, this did not bring Hannah much comfort. They were not around for her to talk to or seek advice from. Hannah was alone in her plight of being barren. She knew that her husband loved her anyway but that OTHER woman she just would not stop. Day in and day out she just enjoyed making Hannah’s life miserable by reminding her that she was able to give their husband children and Hannah wasn’t. Today that doesn’t seem like a big deal because there are several options such as; drugs, adoption, and other methods… that can help a woman have children. Back then if you could not have children there was something wrong with you, SIN, or some other reason that you have not been blessed by God. Hannah did the one thing that she could do when she could no longer stand it, she took her problem to the LORD. How many times are we like Hannah? We are going through a trial and spend a lot of time dealing with it our way, struggling day in and day out, and when we have reached the end of the rope; then and only then do we reach for the Life Savior that has always been out there waiting for us to call on Him in PRAYER.
In 1 Samuel 1:10, we see that Hannah was, “… deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.” She had reached her breaking point yet she knew where to go and who to turn to for help. She took her pain to God and poured her heart out to Him.
How many of these excuses seem familiar to you:
· He already knows my needs.
· I’m to busy.
· All I have is a list of wants.
· To tired or fall asleep in prayer.
· It’s boring.
· I’m embarrassed to pray in front of people.
· Don’t want to look like there is something wrong in my life.
· The kids take up most of my time.
Yes, over the years I have used some of these excuse one way or another. The key component in these excuses in that they focus on self. In other words SELF WILL KEEP YOU FROM PRAYER. Prayer is our time to spend with Daddy God. Sure He knows what is going on in your life and what you need. That doesn’t mean that He doesn’t wants to hear our needs, how our day went and the different things that are going on in our lives. Like any loving father He wants to hear from His children what is going on in their lives. Hannah knew that and she just poured her heart out to Him.
When we use excuses for a reason not to pray then we are limiting our fellowship with God. It is through prayer that when we are still we can hear Him speak to us and hear His will for what is going on in our life. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Paul says this about prayer, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Next week we will talk about giving thanks right now we will focus on the part about “praying without ceasing…” When we look back at the list of excuses this command wipes them all out. It doesn’t say that you have to be on your knees head bowed stop everything that you are doing. What Paul is saying there is always been in a mindful state that whatever happens, good or bad, talk to the Lord about it. Say you are sitting in traffic going no where, talk to the Lord telling Him what is going on, what you are burdened about… There is no right or wrong way to pray just start talking to God. Just like you would call a friend. Don’t know where to start just use the Prayer Hotline 1-800-1-JOHN-1:9; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Let’s go back to our traffic example, and now someone just cut you off so they could make their turn in front of you. You are so angry that you just want to hit the button that should be on the steering wheel to blow them off the road. That is the time to call the Prayer Hotline and confess your anger with that person to God and that will open up more communication with Him. We have no clue as to what all Hannah prayed but I’m sure she told God how that other woman was making her feel.
So this week open up the lines of communication with God and talk to Him anytime you think about it. NO EXCUSES!