SUNDAY September 16, 2018
And she said, “O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.”
1 Samuel 1:26-27
Elkanah and Hannah had come together by faith and naturally had sex. They had no doubt in their minds that the Lord would give them a child. God touched their lives, and, through Elkanah’s seed, Hannah became pregnant. It was not weeks or a month later; it was immediately! God did a miracle, and He fulfilled His promise.
Hannah gave a proclamation to Eli the priest. She reminded him of the time she stood by him in the temple, praying to the Lord for a child, and the Lord had granted her petition. She was a godly mother who, from birth, had brought young Samuel up in the ways of the Lord.
A husband and wife must have a consecrated life to the Lord if they are to be a strong influence in the lives of their children. Understand, our children have been given to us as a gift from the Lord. Through Hannah’s life, I believe God is speaking to parents about the importance of training their children in the ways of the Lord. Fathers and mothers should read Bible stories to their children and give them Scriptures to memorize.
I remember when I brought my son Ryan a calendar, and it had a proverb for every day of the year. He kept it right by his bed, so that every morning, each proverb could be memorized. The Word of God was going into his heart, and when he spoke, the Word of God was proclaimed.
Understand, God uses human instruments to fulfill His promises and purposes. That is why you must place God’s Word in the hearts of your children so the Lord can use them. Remember, God’s promises are sure; when He says something, it is going to happen––He will do it.
The firmament of the Bible is ablaze with answers to prayer.
~T. L. Cuyler ~
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