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"She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said, 'O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look upon the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life...'" (1 Sam.1:10-11).

Today's verses from I Samuel talk about Hannah. She was one of Elkanah's two wives. Her "rival," Peninnah bore children, but Hannah did not. Though Elkanah loved her greatly, the first half of this chapter is devoted to her travails.. Hannah was a person of great faith, but that did not insure that she would go through life on a magic carpet with no problems, and we are reminded that the righteous often suffer too... You might want to find the time to read and meditate on this chapter, as it will help to reinforce your faith. Without a child and provoked by Peninnah, she could have resigned herself to a life of self pity, but she did not. As we see in the verses, she prayed with great faith to the Lord. We should not let circumstance, even the good fortune of others, to deter us from trusting in the Lord. Hannah could have used her misfortune and mistreatment as an excuse, but year after year she continued to pray to the Lord and worship Him. Lets learn a lesson or two from Hannah. First of all, through it all, she had a vibrant prayer life. Even through weeping and distress, she prayed (V 10). She made a solemn vow to the Lord, and prayed with persistence. (Vs.11-12). She prayed with all of her heart and all of her soul. (Vs 13-16). Finally, she prayed with confidence, as she had a strong faith in God's promise... (V 18). "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving..." (Col.4:2). "This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in anything we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him" (1 Jn.5:14-15). As did Hannah, we are to pray fervently and persistently, knowing that our Lord is listening to us.. More on this tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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