Scripture Reading: I Samuel 1:19,20
“And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked for him from the Lord.'” (I Samuel 1:19,20)
I love the expression “and the Lord remembered her.” It is not as if the Lord had a lapse of memory and forgot Hannah’s prayer. God is all wise and He doesn’t forget anything. Rather it is an expression of God’s faithfulness. He remembered Hannah’s request and in His own time He answered it.
God never forgets our prayers nor does He ever ignore them. Sometimes He makes us wait for His answer. But remember God’s promise — “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired; they will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31).
We are not sure how much time elapsed from Hannah’s prayer until she received the answer from God. But we do know that Hannah had perfect peace that God heard her prayer and that she trusted Him for the answer. The answer finally came — “And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked for him from the Lord.'” The name “Samuel” in Hebrew means, “name of God,” or possibly “offspring of God.” The point is that Samuel bore the name of God, who gave him to Hannah. Naming her son Samuel was Hannah’s way to express her thanksgiving and continued trust in her Lord.
Do not ever think that God has forgotten your prayer requests. He always remembers them and in due time He will answer them.
Lord God, how comforting it is to know that You never turn a deaf ear to the prayers of Your people and You never forget the requests Your people lift before You. I have prayed for several things and have not received Your answer as of yet. Enable me to wait on You and to trust that You will answer my prayers in due time.
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