FRIDAY September 7, 2018
God Is in Control
And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb.
1 Samuel 1:4-5
Notice an important observation––the Lord was in control of Hannah’s life. The only reason she could not have children was because the Lord had closed up her womb. Hannah knew that there was no possible way to have a child unless God opened her womb. It had to be God.
God wanted to see the heart of Hannah. He was working over a period of time to draw Hannah to her knees, in a season of weeping, in bitterness of soul. God wanted to be the center of her life. He had to bring her to the point in her prayers where she was willing to pray, “If you give me a child, then I will give him back to you.” She had to have a change of heart as she prayed. God would give her a child when she was aligned with His will and purposes. Her beautiful baby was to be given back to the Lord.
God often works over a period of time in our lives. Sometimes we do not like it when He brings us to a place where we need to wait on Him. Understand, He is working in our hearts. So many times we ask God for something that is for our own benefit, instead of asking for His plans and purposes to be accomplished. When we are praying, God may not answer us until far in the future, when He sees our change of heart and attitude.
We really need Jesus to be at the center of our lives. Understand that through prayer, we can align our will with God’s. Now do you see the importance of prayer in your life?
The marvellous and supernatural power of prayer consists not in bringing God's will down to us, but in lifting our will up to his.
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