1 Samuel 1:13 (KJV)
(13) “Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.”
When was the last time you spoke from your heart when it came to praying to the Father? When was the last time you were so overwhelmed with a problem, that you were speechless? That was where Hannah was. In I Samuel 1:6-8, we read that her adversary, Peninnah, Elkanah’s other wife, vexed her soul. The reason for her prayer was that she could not give her husband children. Verse five states that the Lord had shut up her womb.
Hannah turns to the Lord for help. It is a heartfelt prayer that she offers up to the Lord. The Lord hears her prayer, and she becomes pregnant with her first child. In thanksgiving, she dedicates Samuel to the Lord. Samuel becomes a great man of God.
Hannah is an example to us today that prayer does work. God will answer our heartfelt prayers. He is a faithful God.
Lord, help me to turn to you when life throws me a difficult situation. Help me speak from my heart instead of my lips. Let me walk in my faith toward you knowing that you are a prayer answering God.
Passage: I Samuel 1:1-10
Key Verse: I Samuel 1:10
Here is young Samuel ministering (serving) unto the Lord. At the time of this writing, there is no open vision for Israel. God did not have anybody that He could speak to concerning Israel. We are told that Eli’s health was failing. He could not see, and because of this, the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord. This lamp was to burn forever. Eli was failing in his ministry as a religious leader. It was time to raise up a new spiritual leader for God’s nation.
That leader would be the young Samuel.
Samuel was attentive to the voice and will of God. He did not know the voice of God. He thought Eli was calling him. He went to Eli thinking he was calling him, but it was God. When Eli realized that the Lord was calling him, he told Samuel what to say.
When Samuel heard his name called again, he spoke the following words: “Speak; for thy servant heareth.” These words came from a humble heart and ready mind. God needed somebody to step up and become the voice of God for His people.
What does this mean for us today? God is still looking to call people into a higher position. He needs voices that will cry out and speak the Word of God without hesitation. He needs somebody who will be bold, honest and humble when it comes to speaking the words of God.
Are you and I in the position to become that Voice of God in these days and times? You may not speak to a great nation like Israel. You are called to speak life, hope and healing into the lives of those who see you on a daily basis. You are called to speak of salvation and deliverance from sin.
Have you received the call? How are you responding to it?
Genesis 37:28 (KJV)
(28) “Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.”
Joseph had dreams that dealt with him being placed in a high position. His brothers spoke against those dreams. In a fit of jealousy and rage, they put him in a hole. He was to stay there until his brothers decided what to do with him. Reuben came to Joseph’s rescue by saying that they should not kill him. Our scripture today tells us that a caravan came by where they held Joseph. Joseph’s brothers sold him to these strangers. The brothers got twenty pieces of silver for him.
Do you have dreams given to you? Something has happened in your life, and it looks like your dreams will not happen. It may look bleak right now, but your dream will come true. God is not going to put something in your spirit, and then allow it to die.
You must realize that all things happen in God’s time. I encourage you to hold to your dream. Wait for God’s timing, and your dream shall surely happen!