Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris
1 Samuel 1:1-19 KJV
(1) Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
(2) And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
(3) And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
(4) And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
(5) But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
(6) And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
(7) And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
(8) Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
(9) So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
(10) And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
(11) And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
(12) And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
(13) Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
(14) And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
(15) And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
(16) Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
(17) Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
(18) And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
(19) And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
The cry of Hannah was heard by many women in scripture, from Rachel, Elizabeth and Mary. The cry of the women is often seen because of childlessness, yet our nation is starving for rebirth of faith across our land. People have forgotten the Lord. The National Day of Prayer event hardly mentioned in our nation history, yet one day a year. The believers cry to God in one accord by God’s Spirit, both young and old alike. Whether in a crowd or alone. Our churches empty because of lack of desire for God. The call for repentance that call for tears, the call for the people to come home to God’s house of worship.
Though Hannah prayer was for herself because of the mockery of man, we hear the same mockery of the world laughing at the empty churches across America. Even coming in to mock God pretending to be the saints of God for the profit and gain of their own pockets. The temple of where Hannah worshipped was in need of restoration to the Lord. For Eli sons were crooked, and yet Eli was a man of God. Though he accused Hannah of being drunk, she was not. Eli told Hannah may she receive her request to the Lord and God honored Eli’s words. Hannah in six years would bring her son and dedicate him for life to the Lord.
It is time for the church to get on their knees and pray. It is time for the church to seek him for their barrenness. It is time for the church to repent before the Lord. A yearly national event to seek God, and to repent of sin, was attended by many of the Jewish faith of Israel. Hannah and her husband journey to the temple was because of this yearly event. Yet it was the time of the national sacrifice to the Lord. Today our sacrifice for the saints have been paid once and for all through Christ death and resurrection. There no more need for sacrifice. Christ had paid the price for all our sins. His blood covers all our sins.
Hannah cry mimic’s the church not in sacrilege, but in honor and respect of the saints that press on in faith, holding to the traditions of repentance and seeking God for His blessings. Hannah knew she was spotless, and so is the church. The church covered by the redeeming power of Jesus. No longer guilty of sin. The church does make mistakes, but Christ has paid their debt. Hannah a woman of God and was a saint, purged her sins and offered the yearly sacrifice for sin. Yet she was not blessed as other woman, only blessed by a husband that loved her. God heard Hannah plead and granted it. God loves his church, and knows their struggle and their desire for birth. Though they might be old, they are not forgotten by God. God will bring life anew as long has they keep faithful.
Dear Heavenly Father may the cy of your church be heard today first for repentance and then a cry for birth and growth. May your church grow and may you find your people worthy to be called the bride of Christ. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: 1 Kings 8:28 KJV
(28) Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:
Daily God’s Promises: Matthew 6:9-10 KJV
(9) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
(10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.