WEDNESDAY September 5, 2018
And he [Elkanah] had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children,
but Hannah had no children.
1 Samuel 1:2
God’s design in marriage was for one wife (Genesis 2:21-22), but Elkanah had two wives, and it was the cause of major problems in his home. One wife was named Hannah, which in Hebrew means “gracious,” and the other, Peninnah, which in Hebrew, means “coral” or “pearl.”
Hannah was barren. In this culture, if a woman could not have children, then a man could take a second wife to bear his children. Peninnah, as a rival, took every opportunity to mock and mistreat Hannah because she had no children. Her comments became a constant reminder to Hannah that Peninnah had been blessed with children, while she had none.
Hannah was loved by her husband despite not having a child, but she was always depressed––miserable. Between the two wives, there was constant strife; there was no peace in the home. Instead, there was a big war while Elkanah tried to make peace with both of them.
Hannah desperately wanted a child, but only the Lord could change her circumstances. She needed to pray; in time, she would pour out the anguish of her heart to the Lord. She would ask God for a child, and, in His time, the Lord would answer her request.
Are you in anguish because of a difficult situation in your home? Pour out your heart to the Lord. He is listening. God will answer.
Prevailing prayer is that which secures an answer. Saying prayers is not offering prevailing prayer. The prevalence of prayer does not depend so much on quantity as on quality.
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