PRAYING IN FAITH

Scripture Reading: I Samuel 1:9-18

“Then Eli answered, ‘Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to Him.’ And she said, ‘Let your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then the woman went away and ate, and her face was no longer sad.” (I Samuel 1:17,18)

What a beautiful picture of praying in faith we see in Hannah. Hannah struggled with God in her prayers. She wept as she told the Lord her great desire to have a son. She prayed fervently and from the heart. When she finished praying and left, she did so in perfect peace — “Then the woman went away and ate, and her face was no longer sad.” She put her request before the Lord and then she trusted Him for the outcome.

God calls us to pray believing that He hears us and will answer us according to His perfect will. James wrote these words about praying in faith — “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in his ways” (James 1:5-8).

What does it mean to pray in faith? It doesn’t mean “name it and claim it.” Such an attitude is arrogant and implies that we know better than God knows. To pray in faith means that we know God hears our requests and that He does not turn a deaf ear to them. And it means that we trust God for the answer. Above all, it means that we will trust Him no matter what His answer may be. We must always pray “if it is Your will, O God.”

Hannah prayed and she trusted God. She had complete faith that He would give her an answer and that she would accept what His decision was. She rested in His sovereign will for her life. That is what it means to pray in faith.

O Sovereign Lord, I know You hear my prayers. I also know that You will answer them according to Your perfect will. What peace it gives me to know that You will always do what is best for me.

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