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.
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 …”
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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