So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. (1 Samuel 1:9-11 KJV)
In view of Hannah’s heart and soul plead to God, here are two points to consider to have an acceptable prayer and a prayer that magnifies God’s sovereignty:
1.) The only acceptable prayer is that no matter how we badly show that God will be the one who will greatly gain from it. Hannah in her desperation, vowed a vow to God that if she will have a son, she will dedicate it to God. How many of us would do that? After we prayered for it for days, months, and maybe years, now having receiving it will we just give it back to God? If you look at the text we have, Hannah is willing to give back her son to God amd serve the temple “all the days of his life…”. Do you find yourself in Hannah? But isnt it the one who gave the blessing we have is God? Isnt these blessings bestowed to us due to the fact that Christ brought it as a promise to us. Therefore, isnt ot fitting that God should be the one who benefit from our request?
(To be concluded next week…)