Tuesday 12th September 2017

1 Samuel 1: 12-23 (NKJV)

And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. 13Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” 15But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16“Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.” 17Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” 18And she said, “Let your maidservant find favour in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. 19Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.” 21Now the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and his vow. 22But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may appear before the Lord and remain there forever.” 23So Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him. Only let the Lord establish His word.” Then the woman stayed and nursed her son until she had weaned him.

We read yesterday how Hannah, a barren woman prayed to God in her distress.  Today, we see that God lifted her burden and her face brightened. When children of God earnestly lay their burden before God, their miracles begin with their burden being lifted, followed by joyful hearts and bright countenance. Have you experienced this in your prayer life? In course of time, God remembered Hannah; she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel meaning “because I have asked of him from the Lord”. This is a wonderful breakthrough from the Most High. You too shall have your own breakthrough in Jesus’ name.

Are you waiting on God for any issues in your life? Is your faith becoming weak? Does it seem to you that time is against you? Do you think that God is not forthcoming? Beloved, stand firm, God who remembered Hannah will remember you in your barren situation. He is faithful and has promised that He will not forget you (Is. 49: 15). Therefore, be steadfast in your prayer and fasting, with thanksgiving.  Serve God cheerfully and patiently hold on to His word.  He will surely give you victory in Jesus’ name.

Prayer: Lord, please remember me in my distress.