The Sovereignty of God in our Asking Part 3

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)

But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide for ever. (1 Samuel 1:22 KJV)

2.) The only acceptable prayer is that those possessing it temporary, is preparing for it for bigger things. Possessing it is not not the end in itself. Whatever blessings we get from our Creator through prayer is temporary. Money, health, wisdom etc ends in earth. But those things are in preparing for something big according to God’s plan. Hannah in verse 22, may have little Samuel, but in those short time she is preparing him for God. And who Samuel became? A prophet of God. He anointed King Saul and King David. Their is a greater purpose and greater cause behind it. And the lesson is:are we looking at what we possess as temporary, but looking at it that it has a greater good, that is why God gave it to us?

Conclusion:

Christians look at what God did after Hannah fervent prayer. God bless Hannah with more than she have asked:

And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home. And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. (1 Samuel 2:20, 21 KJV
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Do you want to be bless by God? Be courageous like Hannah in your prayer.

The Sovereignty of God in our Asking Part 2

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…)

The Sovereignty of God in our Asking Part 1

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)

Prayer is a moment that a Christian handles to God his petitions. It could be a financial need, healing, and guidance to be lin line with His will. Whatever it maybe we come to God to ask that if its favorable in His eyes, we maybe granted with what we are seeking. In this lesson we will look at Hannah as she plead to God to give her a son. In view of this let me point our certain truths that Hannah or any Christian might be aware or not aware of. These two truths are:

a.) The ends of every petition of a believer is not getting it in itself, but giving it back to God and Him getting the glory.

b.) God is in control in whatever we ask to Him.

With that thought in mind, we go now to Hannah’s prayer to God. So now, how did Hannah magnify God’s sovereignty to her prayer? In her sea of desperation, how can we draw the pearl of God’s providential hands to it? And since we want those two truths be an ingredient to our prayer life, what can we do to fulfill that aim? What will be the acceptable and magnifying at the same time to God in prayer?

(To be continued next week…)

George Whitefield on Praying Before, In and After a Sermon

 If you would receive a blessing from the Lord, when you hear His Word preached, pray to Him, both before, in, and after every sermon, to endue the minister with power to speak, and to grant you a will and ability to put in practice, what He shall show from the Book of God to be your duty.  This would be an excellent means to render the word preached effectual to the enlightening and enflaming your hearts; and without this, all the other means before prescribed will be in vain.  No doubt it was this consideration that made St. Paul so earnestly entreat His beloved Ephesians to intercede with God for Him: “Praying always, with all manner of prayer and supplication in the spirit, and for me also, that I may open my mouth with boldness, to make known the mysteries of the gospel.”  And if so great an Apostle as St. Paul needed the prayers of His people, much more do those ministers, who have only the ordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit.

    Besides, this would be a good proof that you sincerely desired to do, as well as to know, the will of God.  And it must highly profit both ministers and people, because God, through your prayers, will give them a double portion of His Holy Spirit, whereby they will be enabled to instruct you more fully in the things which pertain to the kingdom of God.