For my internet TV show, I interviewed a young woman whose husband is a quadriplegic. She discussed their struggle with facing the possibility of never being natural parents. In I Samuel chapter one, Hannah was having that same struggle. She prays to have a son. At one point, she is so distraught over this that she is not even able to eat, so she goes to God with a very specific prayer. She is so serious about it that she adds a vow to her request. First, she asks God to “look on my affliction.” Then she requests that God would remember her, and she goes on to ask God directly, “Give me a male child.” Finally she vows to give him back to the Lord and that no razor would come upon his head. (I Samuel 1:11)
Eli the priest saw Hannah praying and when he recognized her sincerity, he blessed her and prophesied that God would grant her petition. Right then, Hannah stopped crying, changed her whole attitude, and acted as if her prayer had been answered.
That’s what caught my eye. Hannah didn’t have her baby; in fact, she wasn’t even pregnant yet, but look at her attitude. Once she received the word from God, her faith in His word took over and she moved as if the manifestation was already there. In essence, upon hearing God’s promise, Hannah said, “Fine then, I’m good!”
May we learn to live in faith in God’s word even before we see results. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” II Corinthians 5:7 ((KJV).
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