Recently I found myself praying to God about a particular request. As I voiced the desired petition, I quickly pronounced to Him the impossibility of the prayer being answered. Within seconds of the doubting insert, I was quickly reminded of who I was speaking to by non-other than the Lord Himself. A gentle prompt to cause me to re-look at how I had been praying was not only impetrative to my spiritual growth, but very humbling as well. My Father’s tender nudge was a beautiful reminder of who I was praying to–The Creator of the Universe.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 NASB)
My faith could no longer be ushered out by unbelief.Tweet
A Great Lesson Taught By a Four-Year Old
I absolutely adore my grandchildren. I love to take opportunities to teach them about prayer and about God’s word. However, many times, they teach me way more than I ever impart to them.
One day I was praying with Aaron, my first-born grandchild. He was four years old at the time.
Together, we sought the Lord over a particular request we were needing. As we concluded the prayer, Aaron responded in a manner that I have remembered to this day. The minute we said A-men, my grandson shouted, “Is it here yet, Is it here yet?” His question was birthed from a contagious spirit of great expectancy. He gave no time to doubt. He gave no power to unbelief. Yet instead, he displayed complete trust in His Heavenly Father to answer the petition requested.
Oh, the faith of a child. If only we would follow suit.Tweet
At times we hold back on praying for the one desire we have in our hearts. Why? For many reasons. We doubt if we have heard from God. Or, we dread the waiting room period. Or, we struggle with how to steward the desire given to us by God. A dear brother recently reminded me that I often pray more in terms of God removing a desire instead of trusting Him with it, because of the waiting period involved and the uncertainty of the desire’s promptings. It was a much-needed revelation and reminder to trust the Lord, instead of doubting Him.
In a time of great distress, one woman, with a deep desire, cried out to her Father to intervene.Tweet
Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives: the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3 Now this man would go up from his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests to the Lord there. 4 When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters; 5 but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat. 8 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?” Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. 10 She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11 She made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” (1 Samuel 1:1-11 NASB)
Hannah released her desired petition to God–And He released His peace and joy to Hannah.Tweet
Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli was watching her mouth. 13 As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. 14 Then Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you.” 15 But Hannah replied, “No, my lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation.” 17 Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” 18 She said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. 19 Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:12-20)
God answered the prayer of Hannah in His appointed time. In return, Hannah fulfilled the promise she had made to God.Tweet
Then the man Elkanah went up with all his household to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and pay his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “I will not go up until the child is weaned; then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord and stay there forever.” 23 Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you. Remain until you have weaned him; only may the Lord confirm His word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24 Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord in Shiloh, although the child was young. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and brought the boy to Eli. 26 She said, “Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. 27 For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. 28 So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. (1 Samuel 21-28)
May we too, like Aaron and Hannah, take our request to God–in complete confidence, while moving forward in great expectancy. “Is it here yet, is it here yet?
Written by: O’Shea Lowery