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Job 33:3 (Pt. 4)  Thought/Prayer:  In Her Anguish, Hannah was Specific.  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 
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.” 

Even though Hannah did not verbally speak the words in the prayer to God, she did not hesitate to tell God exactly what she needed in her petition.  God, of course, could have read her lips; but He didn’t need to.  He already knew her heart of great bitterness over her barrenness.  Perhaps it was out of this great anguish that she gave God her most exact desire, being quite specific in her request. 

And along with this she made a promise.  A promise was mixed into her request, again with specifics.  She promised to give the child to the LORD. . . but not any child:  a male child. 

In society, male offspring carried the weight and responsibility of family.  Little girl babies were denied this opportunity of responsibility, although there are accounts in the Bible of a family with only girl children; and the girls were counted in the inheritance.  (We are told in Numbers 27 that the five daughters of Zelophehad received their father’s inheritance after his death because he had no son.  This ruling for the daughters came directly from God to Moses who heard their case.)  But, in general, sons were the coveted offspring.  A childless woman could feel extremely low in esteem, personally, and in the estimation of others. 

So Hannah, in essence, makes a bargain with God, one to be thoroughly honored by Him.  God kept His end of it:  she gave birth to Samuel.  Hannah kept her end of it:  She gave Samuel up to live in the temple and to minister to the LORD before Eli the priest. 

No, Hannah was not shy about telling the LORD what was on her heart.  Through the anguish of her soul, she was able to make her quite specific request; and God granted it, thus giving Israel and the world the prophet Samuel.  The world has never been the same.

Lord, help us to be so convicted in our desires for You and Your work that we cry out as Hannah did and even be very specific about our needs.  Help us to do this for others also as we see them struggle with LIFE decisions and other weighty situations that in and of themselves bring the need for this weight of prayer.

Topics:  Pray with heavy hearts, but pray.
Sidewalk counselors at all abortion mills, to be successful in presenting LIFE as it is and as it can be in the will of God

Posted by Gail Richardson on 02/24 at 08:10 PM
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