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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, August 7, 2017
The title of the post today is from the story in The Upper Room, see below.
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Today’s scripture reading:
Earlier Hannah had been discouraged to the point of being physically sick and unable to eat. At this point, she returned home well and happy. The change in her attitude may be attributed to three factors: (1) She honestly prayed to God; (2) she received encouragement from Eli; (3) She resolved to leave the problem with God. This is the antidote for discouragement: Tell God how you really feel and leave your problems with him. Then rely upon the support of good friends and counselors. (NLT)
1 Samuel 1:1-18 – There was a man named Elkanah who lived in Ramah in the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham and grandson of Elihu, from the family of Tohu and the clan of Zuph. Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, while Hannah did not.
Each year Elkanah and his family would travel to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at the Tabernacle. The priests of the Lord at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas. On the day Elkanah presented his sacrifice, he would give portions of the sacrifice to Peninnah and each of her children. But he gave Hannah a special portion because he loved her very much, even though the Lord had given her no children. But Peninnah made fun of Hannah because the Lord had closed her womb. Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Hannah would finally be reduced to tears and would not even eat.
“What’s the matter, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be so sad just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”
Once when they were at Shiloh, Hannah went over to the Tabernacle after supper to pray to the Lord. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance. Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. And she made this vow: “O Lord Almighty, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.”
As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!”
“Oh no, sir!” she replied, “I’m not drunk! But I am very sad, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. Please don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow?”
“In that case,” Eli said, “cheer up! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”
“Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7 (NRSV)
Bethany Hayes (Oregon) titled her story “THE GREAT EXCHANGE;” here is a portion of Bethany’s story:
“We were miles from the nearest town. With the low-fuel warning light on in my car and two mountains to cross, I prayed, ‘Our cell phones don’t work out here, and we’re two young women who don’t want to walk these roads in the dark. Please help us arrive safely. After I prayed, I continued to worry until we reached our destination safely.
“Later, when I read about Hannah’s prayer, I thought about our trip and my prayer. Her prayer showed me that I had missed out on one of the benefits of praying. . . . Hannah released her anxiety to God and found peace even before God answered her. In contrast, I didn’t fully release my worry until after God had answered my prayer and we had arrived safely at the next town. Rather than thanking God for hearing my prayer and trusting that an answer would come, I continued to worry until I’d seen the outcome.
“Hannah’s story taught me that one of the great gifts of prayer is knowing that God will answer, even if we don’t know when or how. When we pray, we can immediately thank God for the answer that will come. Doing so can allow us to let go of our concerns and begin to accept the peace God offers us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Through prayer God takes my worry and offers me peace.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for answering our prayers and for your peace that guards our minds and hearts. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/