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Prayers of a Parent

As a parent, life changes completely. Our focus, our time, everything is different. We want the very best for our children. The most important part of our lives should be the most important part of their lives – Jesus. As both a Christian and a parent, the ultimate question that we hope is answered with a “yes” is a simple one—Did they accept Jesus? It is the most important decision. It is the difference between life and death!

My children both are believers; however, the fruit for one is more bountiful than the other. I find myself often on my knees praying that my child will let Jesus in deeper, that my child will give up the control, the emotions, the wandering focus, and allow the Spirit to move freely. The past few weeks, I’ve noticed things have been changing. The once more hardened heart is starting to soften up. It certainly has been interesting.

I am excited to see the awesome work God will do through my children for His Kingdom. Thank you Lord for holding my children in Your hands. I know You have promised that not one could be snatched from Your hands. Friends, keep praying for your children. Pray like Hannah (see 1 Samuel 1). Keep lifting them up to Him. Understand that your prayers for your children are of the most important part of parenting.

“For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him.” – 1 Samuel 1:27 [NASB]

Pouring Out

Prayer is often overcomplicated. There are so many books, sermons, and seminars telling people how to pray. Over the years I have heard numerous people say that they “don’t know how to pray” or that they think they are “praying wrong.” Some people are closed off when they approach God, despite the truth that God knows what is on each one of our hearts before we even approach Him. Some people stick to a form list or follow the same structure taught to them many moons ago so it is a routine. This is not what we read about when we look at Hannah’s approach.

In 1 Samuel 1, we read of Hannah praying to the Lord for a son. She was “deeply distressed.” She “wept bitterly” (v. 10). She was open. She was vulnerable. She laid it all out before the Lord. She did not follow a particular structure. She did not try to “do it right.” She wasn’t afraid of people seeing her deep in prayer. It was her and God. She truly was coming before the Lord. I can only imagine how she appeared. Eli the priest thought she was drunk.

When she responded to Eli, she said, “I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD” (v. 15). Today consider when you last poured out your soul before the Lord? Do you approach Him with what is truly on your heart or what you think you are supposed to say? Do you approach Him in a way that fits in a box, follows a list, or do you freely fall before Him and speak from your heart? Do you hold back or do you lay it all before Him? He cares what’s on your heart. He wants you to pour out your soul. No holding back. Give it all to Him.

“But Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD.’” – 1 Samuel 1:15 [ESV]

By Strength Alone

During Hannah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving, there is a verse that always sticks out to me—“No one will succeed by strength alone” (2:9b NLT). I think that is something we need to remind ourselves of daily because we are often quick to attempt to do things by our own strength. I know there are moments when I consider if I could do something by my own strength without even considering God. It is too easy to slip into doing things considering our own strength.

No one will succeed by strength alone. The Psalmist wrote: “The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior” (33:16 NLT). We need to remember the first part of today’s verse, “He will protect his faithful ones.” His faithful ones are those who keep their eyes on Him. No one will succeed alone, but God has promised that those who are faithful He will protect. What a great promise!

Today remember that success cannot be by strength alone. The only true success in life is found is Christ Jesus. God has promised to protect His faithful ones. There is no need to struggle by your own strength when you can instead surrender to God and see things much differently.

“He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone.” – 1 Samuel 2:9 [NLT]

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The Lord Remembered

Hannah was without a child, and that was something most people considered as a punishment from God. Verse 6 even mentions how Peninnah was provoking Hannah because she was childless. Hannah did not lose hope. She poured out her heart to God. To Eli she said, “I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD” (v. 15 NLT).

In verse 19 it says that “the LORD remembered.” The Lord remembered Hannah. He remembered her plea. She eventually bore a son, Samuel, and dedicated him to service to the Lord.

The Lord remembered Hannah and the Lord remembers you too. There are moments when we feel forgotten. Family members, friends, schoolmates, teammates, neighbors, church members, etc. forget us at times. There are moments that can feel very lonely. Just remember that the Lord always remembers. There is not a second that you are forgotten. You are always remembered by the Lord. Always.

 “The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the LORD once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the LORD remembered her plea.” – 1 Samuel 1:19 [NLT]

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