Week Seven – Day 2 –
Read I Samuel 1: 1- 20 SOAP I Samuel 1:20
I Samuel 1:15,20 – 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. . 20 And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord.”
O – “I have asked him from the Lord.” Hannah’s reply to God’s answer to her prayer. Not “Finally!” Not “well, at last.” Not “I finally conceived.” But – “I asked him of the Lord – and He answered.” Why? She “poured out her heart.” (v. 15)
A – Do I “pour out my heart before the Lord?” I know that I pray, and pray often. But, is there the fervency, the total giving over to God? Is there urgency in my prayer life? I have been reading “FerVent” – and just read about having passion in my prayer life. It is one of the first things that Satan attacks – our passion. Our passion to pray.
Also, I note that Hannah gives the praise and glory to Him for answered prayer. “I asked him of the Lord.” Simple. Straightforward. “God answered. Therefore, I act.” Hannah’s actions were to praise God AND act upon that answer – to name her child a name that reflected God’s answer.
So – what is my take-away for today? First – to gain that passion in my prayer life. To pray as if my life depended upon it – because it does! To read again that chapter about passion and Satan’s attack. Secondly – to give God thanks for answered prayer. To record His answers. To proclaim His glory – maybe not in naming a child, but proclaiming the blessings!
P – Father God, thank You for these reminders in my life. Give me the passion for prayer – to pray, and pray fervently. Give me an urgency – and the immediacy of prayer today. And – I thank You for answered prayer that I have seen lately – for a young woman to pass her nursing boards, for Paul’s safe arrival in the Philippines, for a successful home visit for a potential foster family, for meeting two new neighbors, and the time to talk with each of them. Thank You Father! You are my all-loving, all-sufficient Father.
I asked the Lord – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffmYLSEXCQQ
I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.
’Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.
I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.
Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow’rs of hell
Assault my soul in every part.
Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Humbled my heart, and laid me low.
Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
“’Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.
These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st find thy all in Me.”