Scripture Reading: I Samuel 1:19,20
“Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah.” (I Samuel 1:19a)
Hannah prayed in faith. She put her request to bear a son before the Lord. Then she left in peace, knowing that the Lord would answer her. Notice what Hannah and her husband did early in the morning — they worshiped before the Lord. They left matters in the Lord’s hands.
We know that God granted Hannah’s request — “And in due time Hannah bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked for him from the Lord'” (v. 20). God does not always answer our prayers according to our will. Sometimes He says “no” or “not yet.” How do we humbly accept God’s will particularly if His answer is no?
First, we must maintain a confidence in the goodness of the Lord. God is always good and He always acts in goodness. This is the humble trust we must have in Him.
Second, we must realize our human limitations. We may have a limited understanding about prayer. Have we prayed correctly? Are our prayers in faith and do we realize that they get to the Father through Jesus priestly work on our behalf? This is why we pray “in Jesus name.” We must realize our limitations in perspective. We do not see things from God’s perspective most of the time. And we must realize our limitations in power. We do not have the power to fix everything. God has to remind us of this fact at times.
Third, we met realize God’s sovereign ability to cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God has an ultimate plan for our lives. He is sovereign over every aspect of our lives, including every event that takes place in our lives. When we understand this, we will gladly pray — “Thy will be done.”
Heavenly Father, thank You for hearing my prayers. Grant me grace and faith to accept Your answers to them. I do not want anything that is not in accord with Your perfect plan for my life. I know how limited I am in understanding Your greater perspective. I also know that You are God and that You are good and that You know what is best for me.
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