So I started this thing of reading say 5 chapters of the bible a night and try to meditate on the messages in those chapters. At times I find nothing and may have to google what others got out of it. Not that I read and get absolutely nothing, no. I just find the usual biblical examples and fail to convert it to real life examples in my life. But lo, I have been reading these chapters so much that I now find examples almost every time. So this time I was reading the first chapters of the first book of Samuel and I stumbled upon this powerful prayer warrior. Her name is Hannah, Samuel’s mother. Well Hannah was barren and didn’t have children. She’d pray day in day out to the Lord and give sacrifices but a child didn’t seem to be on its way. So what did she do? She said this one powerful prayer with a vow to the Lord, here is an extract:
“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 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…”
-1st Samuel 1:11
Wow! Let me break it down real quick. See Hannah had been praying for so long without getting her prayer requests. She then made a vow to the Lord to give Him her son if ever she’s given one. She realized that to get her blessing she might have to sacrifice something to the Lord. The Lord gave her the so she asked for and she kept her promise and gave her to the Lord, to work in his House. This also reminded me of Abraham and Sarah. Sarah had been barren also but when they got their blessing they never forgot he belongs to God, evident when Abraham trusted the Lord and gave him back to Him upon request. They knew that their blessing comes with a sacrifice attached to it. I call it the sacrifice of love because it’s a win win sacrifice (the sons stay with the Lord).
So here is where I’m getting at, we come across different scenarios in life that need God’s blessing. We pray and do everything right (well according to us) but nothing seems to happen. For others something does happen but we quickly forget our previous situation and mourning and the blessing doesn’t stay that long. Here is what to do: make a vow with the Lord. Vow to use your blessing to honour Him. Make that sacrifice for your blessing. For example ever since you graduated you haven’t quite found a steady job so that you continue ticking off tasks off your Life goals. Kneel and try Hannah’s prayer. Tell the Lord how you’re going to use your blessing to help the next person and praise his name, or ask him what He would like you to do in return. He will answer you (He always does if you pay attention). And when (not if) He blesses you, remember to go back and thank Him, then keep the end of your vow. Another thing Hannah was VERY PRAYERFUL and she seek the Lord until at some point her husband thought she was drunk. Abraham went with his son to the mountain without the lamb to be sacrificed and his son and servant were confused. So get into that power zone and before long you will be inspiring us with your testimony attached with your vow. I hope I’m speaking sense because I was thinking about this just yesterday.
A quote to make this passage more appealing:
“Don’t say God is silent when your Bible is closed.” #Quote