3 Things To Remember While Waiting

I stumbled across the story of Hannah recently during my devotional time. I’ve read the story before, but that particular morning I saw it with fresh eyes.

You can find her prayer in 1 Samuel 1:10-11.  Here are 3 things I learned from Hannah about waiting.

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3 Things To Remember While Waiting

1. Don’t turn away from God.

Verse 10 tells us Hannah was experiencing “deep anguish” and she “wept bitterly.” But through all of her grief, she continued to pray. She never allowed her hurt or sense of loss and grief cause her to turn from God. She trusted Him and believed He would one day answer her prayer.

2. Be specific.

Verse 11 tells us Hannah was specific in her prayers. She prays “Oh Lord…give Your maidservant a male child.” She did not pray for just any child…she prayed for a son. Only a son could take care of her after her husband died.

James 4:2b states “You do not have because you do not ask God.” Even though God knows what we’re thinking and what we desire, we demonstrate faith when we specifically ask for what we need.

3. Be prepared for any response.

The last thing Hannah teaches us in this prayer is a little tough to hear. Even though she prayed, trusted God to hear her and was specific, she was prepared to hear a response other than yes. In verse 10, she starts her prayer with “Lord Almighty, if …”

IF

It’s such a small word, but it packs a major punch. “IF” was Hannah’s way of acknowledging that she trusted God regardless of the outcome.

We must remember that God is sovereign. We must trust His plan for our lives even IF we can’t understand what He’s doing.

Proverbs 13:12 tells us:

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”

“When” is not on our timeline. “When” is up to the Lord. “When” might look different than we expect. But “when” we trust in God, His plan will be our tree of life.

Hold fast to Him and know that He is with you…regardless of the outcome.

If you would like to dig deeper into the ways God answers prayer, feel free to check out my article “The 3 Ways God Answers Prayer” for more information.

Until next time…be well…be encouraged.

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What do you want Jesus to do for you?

What’s Your Number One Prayer Request? – If you were allowed one request of God what would it be? Often in the gospels, Jesus asked people:

 “What do you want me to do for you?” Matthew 20:32  

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How do you think you would answer Jesus? I know that I could easily come up with a list a mile long on things I would want Jesus to do for me.

Some things I would request would be for practical needs, such as enough money to pay our bills, put our children through school and support our missionary friends.

Other requests would be more for our spiritual needs, such as the salvation of family members and friends, a greater understanding of the Bible and the boldness to speak to others about Christ.

Now there is nothing wrong in bringing all of our needs to God.  In fact he encourages us to do that.   Many times, especially in the Psalms we are told to pour out our heart to the Lord.

“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” – Psalm 62:8

However, as I contemplated the answer to my question, that if we were only allowed one request what would it be, I know that I would answer in the following way.

“Lord Jesus please satisfy my heart with your steadfast love today, so that I do not go looking for it in other people, my circumstances and in other things.”

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God created us with a need to be loved by him.  When I pray that I would be satisfied by his love, I find that I have a peace, joy and hope that goes beyond my circumstances and seems to keep my other needs in the right perspective.

I find myself resting in his control of things and not being as anxious, as I know that if I am loved by him, he will work all things together for my good and his glory.

I pray this prayer often through the day and am surprised at how he lifts my head up off my circumstances to remind me that I have an incredible treasure and that is the love of God.

I would encourage you to try the same prayer for yourself and see how he warms your heart and strengthens you for whatever lays ahead.  His love is steadfast and will never let you go.

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For the Woman who prays for a Child

Maybe while you read this post you are living this experience. Perhaps you have already lived the experience and you are the women who are now praying for a child. If you lived the experience or you are going through the process, I know what you are living and feeling. I am a woman who prays for a son the same as you.

For the Woman who prays for a Child

A woman may have several reasons why she can not get pregnant. It can be due to physical or genetic problems, among others. No matter the reasons, every woman who has gone through this brings with it an emotional load that is often found in the depths of her being.

Some women speak it and express it with their family or friends. Others only pray to God so that the longing of their heart is answered. There is a woman in the Bible who prayed with bitterness of spirit for a son. She was wise enough to recognize that if she prayed to God He would answer her request. Not only that, but she knew that she should leave his emotional load on the altar.

That woman is Hannah.

Hannah inspires you and me to wait patiently for God. It teaches us that we should pray and pray and pray until our request is answered by Him. If we pray we must be prepared to receive God’s response in different ways. God can heal us, God can bring life to our wombs, God can open doors and opportunities for adoption, God can do as He wants to do in our lives.

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If we long and patiently wait for His perfect will for us, He will surely put into our hands what we desire in His time.

My experience has been, long times of prayer and waiting, pouring out my heart, my sadness, my anguish and my yearnings on the altar with God. He alone can fill my voids, He alone can bring answers to my prayer. If you are a woman who prays for a child, surely God will answer your prayer. You will not know how, nor when but you can receive healing in your soul and your emotions in His presence.

But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman with a despairing spirit. I have not been drinking wine or any intoxicating drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord….. So the woman went on her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. (1 Samuel 1-28)

Do not give up to your prayer, do not give up to your faith, do not surrender in your dreams.  Always remember that God has plans of good for your life. Do not give up!

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How To Make The Best Use Of A Prayer Journal

Throughout the years I have always liked to keep and write reflections in notebooks. I never had a diary, but I have been writing about special moments and not so good throughout my life. Several years ago I decided to buy a few notebooks to write down my prayers, among other things. Understanding that it is necessary to keep a record of those constant prayers in which we wait patiently for a response from God.  Today, I want to share with you how we can (according to my experience) make the best use of a prayer journal.  

How to make the best use of a prayer journal

First, one of the best uses we can give a prayer journal is to keep a record of our prayers. When we set our hearts to pray sometimes for multiple requests, we can forget what we have prayed for. Writing our prayers is the first thing we should do.

Second, maintaining a record of answered prayers is one of the uses for our prayer journal. Many times we are in public places, in the church or any other place and because there are no limits to God, He can speak to us and answer our prayers at any moment. We must write it down.

Related post: How to pray without ceasing

If you are a prayer person, you have already experienced the request of prayers from others around you. In my prayer journal, I have a section where I write down those prayer requests that people make me daily.  So I do not forget any of them as I’m compromising myself to pray for them.

Also, we can take in our prayer journal those victories that God has given us through prayer. We can include a section of worship, praise and give thanks to God for all of them.

All of these methods or practices have helped me to make good and best use of my prayer journal. I’m still learning in the process. This is not about perfection but about a relationship with God.

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How to Pray without Ceasing – Guest Post

How to pray without ceasing

We have probably all come to 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and wondered what to do with it. I know I have! For those not familiar with the passage, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says simply that we are to “Pray without ceasing”.

At first glance, this might seem an impossible command to obey. Pray without ceasing? What about my responsibilities as a wife or mother or homemaker or friend? How can I “pray without ceasing” when there are so many other things to do?

I would like to answer these important questions today with two points.

1. There Should not be Long Seasons Where We Go Without Praying.

The first way we can obey this verse is by making sure that we are not allowing the busyness of our everyday tasks to invade and hinder our prayer lives. When life is hectic and the to-do list looms large, it is easy for prayer to be the first thing we drop when we believe ourselves to be too busy. But we mustn’t do this. Matthew Henry writes in his commentary,

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“The meaning [of 1 Thess. 5:17] is not that men should do nothing but pray, but that nothing else we do should hinder prayer in its proper season. Prayer will help forward and not hinder all other lawful business, and every good work.”

To be faithful to “pray without ceasing” then, one need only make prayer as regular a feature of each day of the week as possible. Rather than going months without communing with the Lord in prayer, purpose to meet with Him daily, and you will be praying without ceasing.

2. Offer Up Little Prayers as You Go Throughout Your Day.

One thing I got into the habit of doing years ago is just simply offering up several little silent prayers to God as I go throughout my day. While you are doing the dishes or cooking dinner or tending to the needs of your children, you can easily offer up a prayer of thanksgiving, ask the Lord for wisdom or help, or mention the prayer request your friend shared with you the other day. This is a great way to obey the command to “pray without ceasing”!

Be Encouraged!

I hope you were encouraged today, friend, by the true simplicity of this command. Far from making this some legalistic or difficult box to check, merely go to your Father and share your heart. He yearns to hear from you!

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