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Monday, February 23, 2015

Job 33:3 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  A Contrast in Life-Angst.  Topics:  2 at end.

“My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart: and that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.”  ERV (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.) 
I Samuel l:9-13   “Hannah Prays for a Son
So Hannah rose after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drank. 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 to the LORD, and wept bitterly.  And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thy handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thy handmaid, but wilt give to thy handmaid a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli observed her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.” 

Hannah, the prophet Samuel’s mother, to some may go down in the Bible as one of the greatest persons of prayer.  She had such a need for something that she prayed silently with only her lips moving, and no vocalizations.  This type of prayer is heartfelt and extremely intense.  It may be that prayers such as this seem to be reserved for the great anguish of heart that prompts them:  the deepest needs. 

Did Hannah pray for wealth, fame or power?  Enviable possessions?  Great adoration? 

No.  She wanted a baby.  Simple as that.  She wanted a baby fathered by her husband Elkanah and carried and birthed by her.

Childless women were not well thought of in ancient societies.  But beyond that, probably, Hannah just wanted to have a child of her own to love and bring up.  According to her deep-set prayer, she was yearning for this, pining and hungering. 

It only was a baby that Hannah wanted.  In our world today, it is the same.  Childless couples may build their lives around the desire for a child.  It can become the paramount thing in a marriage, and the denial of this can strain marriages to brittle breaks.

On the other hand, there are those who can have baby after baby and will throw them away because they are unwanted.  I saw a video of a mother who had four abortions before she realized that it was very wrong.  Then she wrote letters to each of the children that would have been, asking for their forgiveness.

The contrast here could not be more poignant.  Mothers wanting babies they aren’t conceiving; mothers conceiving babies they aren’t wanting.

How can we help?

Prayer is foundational.  In part, God gave us prayer for intercession for others, and He even gave us the Holy Spirit to intercede for us when we don’t know how to pray. “In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness; for we do not know what prayers to offer nor in what way to offer them. But the Spirit Himself pleads for us in yearnings that can find no words, . . .” (Romans 8:26, WEY)  If those who stand for created LIFE will pray for those in such struggles either over childlessness or the coming of an unwanted child, He can work.  He heard Hannah’s prayer of great depth.  He can hear ours also, spoken or unspoken.

Topics:  Pray for the determination to PRAY for those in either types of these struggles.  Even if our prayers are not of the anguish of Hannah, God will still hear us, to the benefit of others, as He answers.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 02/23 at 12:57 PM
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