How would you like to read through God's Love Letter—His Word, the Bible, with a group of like-minded, Christian girlfriends? We're doing that over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group. Did you know you don't have to start a Bible reading plan on January 1? You can begin today! This simple plan, and an accountability partner, will help you succeed. Who will be your accountability partner? Share this post with them and invite them to the private Facebook group.
Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
1 Samuel 1-3: Pray Like Hannah
The story of Hannah is especially significant to women who struggle with infertility. Many times, when they conceive and give birth to a child these verses will be written on a birth announcement or hang on the wall of that child’s room: “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to Him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:27-28).
But Hannah’s prayer has significance for all of us, not just the woman struggling to conceive. Hannah was “deeply distressed and troubled in spirit“ so much so that the Bible records that she “wept bitterly.” She poured out her heart and soul before the Lord in such a way that Eli the priest thought she was drunk! This passage is, in fact, the first time anxiety is mentioned in the Bible. “…for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation” (1:16).
Hannah prayed for the Lord to look, remember, and give.
Have you ever prayed for anything in the way that Hannah prayed, where your praying was so intense that you looked as if you were drunk? I don’t know that I have. But maybe we should! Hannah prayed that the Lord would look at her affliction, remember and not forget her, and then she got really specific—she prayed that the Lord would give her a son, not just a child, but specifically a son.
How often do we pray with intensity and specifics like Hannah? Let’s pray like Hannah!
Have you ever prayed for anything in the way that Hannah prayed, where your praying was so intense that you looked as if you were drunk?
About Sweeter Than Honey
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
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