Have you ever prayed so long for something that you felt like heaven had been locked and your voice was merely bouncing off the door? That you had done something so horribly wrong that God couldn’t forgive you and that this was your punishment?
There was a woman found in I Samuel 1, who was barren and her name was Hannah. To make matters worse, her husband had another wife (I can’t imagine!) who was blessed with children and would constantly make jabs at her (Again, can’t imagine!). Not only was her womb closed but so was heaven, until this one day…….
Verses 9-18; One evening after supper, when they were at Shiloh, Hannah went over to the Tabernacle. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance. 10 She was in deep anguish and was crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord.
11 And she made this vow: “O Lord of heaven, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you, and he’ll be yours for his entire lifetime, and his hair shall never be cut.”
12-13 Eli noticed her mouth moving as she was praying silently and, hearing no sound, thought she had been drinking.
14 “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your bottle.”
15-16 “Oh no, sir!” she replied, “I’m not drunk! But I am very sad and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. Please don’t think that I am just some drunken bum!”
17 “In that case,” Eli said, “cheer up! May the Lord of Israel grant you your petition, whatever it is!”
18 “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed, and went happily back, and began to take her meals again.
So after the man of God had wrongfully accused her of being drunk, he didn’t ask what she was praying about, he just said, ‘May the Lord grant you your petition, whatever it is.’ Please take note that Hannah didn’t get her panties in a wad and leave the church because of what Eli said to her. No, she explained herself, because offended people don’t get answers! (another devotion someday)
Okay now, I’m fixin to show you why Hannah got what she requested of the Lord because it’s found in verse 18, “Thank you, sir!” she exclaimed, and went happily back, and began to take her meals again. She went in fasting, poured her heart out, got agreement, than with joy in her heart she went and ate. In her mind, it was already done! She hadn’t yet slept with her husband. She hadn’t missed her first period. She believed the Word of the Lord and ACTED like it was already done.
Somebody had received a bad report from the doctor. Someone has been turned down for every job they’ve applied for. Someone has been told they will never get married. Whatever you’ve been told, if it’s not God’s Word, it’s just not true. Hear the Word of the Lord today! His report says, you are healed! His report says, He’s your supply! His report says, whoever finds a wife, finds a good thing. God is for marriage and if you believe God and act like it’s already done, you will have it. Stop focusing on how long and start believing the Word of the Lord.
Father, you said that when we’ve done all we can do, stand. So today we purpose to stand on your promises, to be filled with joy for we shall reap if we don’t grow weary and faint. Every good and perfect gift is from you so we rejoice in what you’ve provided. Now let’s eat! AMEN!