Thursday Reflection – October 24, 2019
Take it to the Lord in prayer
“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly.” 1 Samuel 1: 10
Good day friends! In this abbreviated version of Thursday reflection I want us to look at Hannah and how she dealt with a certain problem she had. Hannah was married to Elkanah, but she could not conceived. As a result of this she was laughed at and mocked by others. Despite Elkanah giving her special treatment, it could not take away what she was experiencing. As I read the text a few things stood out:
1. We will face challenges and these challenges are God ordained.Hannah was barren. She didn’t cause this by any action of hers. It just happened.
2. People add to these challenges, as Hannah was mocked and ridicule. Likewise we will encounter people who will mock and ridicule us because of what we go through.
3. Challenges are overwhelming at times.
4. In the midst of her challenges God provided a support system for Hannah. Elkanah gave her a double portion, loved her and supported her. In our times of crisis the Lord provides a support system for us through the help of others.
5. Some challenges are harder to deal with. Even though the Lord provided a support system the pain of not having a child was too much. Sometimes even with the support there are moments when we break down under the challenge of it all.
In times like these what do you do? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
6. She prayed in anguish, with tears and sorrow. We shouldn’t be afraid to pour out our heart and entire being to the Lord. Don’t withhold what you’re facing. Take it to the Lord in prayer. The songwriter said what a friend we have in Jesus, all our griefs and sins to bear. What a privilege to carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer.
7. Some people will not understand your tears and prayers, but don’t worry God does. The priest Samuel thought Hannah was drunk, but she was just pouring out her heart to the Lord. Cry out to God and do not care what others might think of you.
8. Continue to worship God until your prayers have been answered. After praying in the Temple the text tells us that she got up the next morning and worshiped before the Lord. Mix your petitions with worship for God will come through.
Until next week and the rest of your life take it to the Lord in prayer.