Have you ever wondered what God’s plan for your life might be? Some people believe that God has a specific plan for your life and He’s just waiting for you to discover it. I tend to believe that God plans to use your life to glorify His name, whatever path you choose to take. Either way, every Christian has longings to serve God and has heartfelt requests in connection with that desire.
Our prayer text for today is 1 Samuel 1:10-20 where we learn about Hannah and her desire to bear a child. Those who struggle with infertility can certainly identify with her heart’s desire. Even those who do not have that particular struggle can identify with a deep yearning to devote their life to God in a meaningful way.
In her pain, Hannah prayed to the Lord through her hurts.
Lord of Hosts, if You will take notice of Your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give Your servant a son, I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut. ~1 Samuel 1:11
So significant was this desire that as she prayed Eli the priest could see her tears and her lips moving, voicing a prayer that he could not hear. Though he misunderstood, the Lord heard her clearly. She confesses…
I’ve been praying from the depth of my anguish and resentment.” – 1 Samuel 1:16
So great was her yearning to bear a child that she prayed from both anguish and resentment. Have you ever wanted to serve God so significantly that you even had resentment toward Him that no doors of opportunity seemed to open before you?
After some time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, because she said, “I requested him from the Lord.” ~1 Samuel 1:20
I notice here that it took some time for the answer to come, but she gave God the credit for this beautiful blessing.
So about your life and how God can use you in significant ways, I encourage you to pray.
*Pray with earnestness – being honest as you present your hopes to the Lord. Speak to Him of what is in your heart that you would like to do for Him. Even express your disappointment if it seems He is not listening.
*Pray with perseverance – realizing that sometimes the blessings are yet to come. In fact they are often in the future and arriving on God’s timetable, not yours.
*Pray with promise. I know we are all familiar with making promises to God to try to manipulate Him to give us what we want. “If you will save me now, I’ll serve you forever!” Well, God cannot be manipulated nor fooled by such statements. But if you desire to serve God in a particular way, pray for the door to be opened and promise to God that you will willingly walk through it.
*Pray with praise. Remember to offer up your praise to God before and as He answers your prayer. This is not just about getting what we want, but about glorifying His name as he blesses you in His way and time.
“Doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”
I think this is a particularly important prayer thought as we look towards a new year. 2015 is not far away. What is God’s plan for your life in this new year? In what ways will you yield yourself to Him in deeper and more meaningful ways?
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