A Fervent Spirit
Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 1
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 1:10
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.
The books of 1st and 2nd Samuel tell us of the life and times of Samuel, Judge, prophet, and Priest. It was Samuel who appointed the first two Kings of Israel, Saul and David.
The birth of Samuel is a miracle of God. His mother, Hannah, was childless. Like Sarah before her, she experienced intense sorrow because of her inability to conceive. She took her anguish to God again and again, so much so that Eli, the priest, thought she was drunk. God intervened for her and for His long-term plan to raise up a mighty man of God. Let us remember, the “fervent effectual prayer avails much”(James 5:16). God does not violate human free will, therefore, the high level of fervency is a sure sign that our wills are surrendered to God’s will. Hannah and Samuel teach us that God responds directly in proportion to the level of our faith and fervency in prayer.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I pray, as Your disciples asked You, “Lord increase our (my) faith.” Your response to this request called for some “fervent” action on the part of the “learners” from You. Please grant me the grace to put into practice Your means of increasing my faith (read Luke 17:1-10).
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Eli, the priest, thought Hannah was drunk. I’ve seen drunken people, particularly as a pastor. I’ve never been drunk with an alcoholic substance, and I don’t intend to ever find out what it is like. However, I’m sure I’ve had the symptoms from time to time in the anguish of strong intercessory prayer. I’ve been overcome with powerful emotions as I have identified with the crushing hurts of humanity. This is good. This kind of prayer “avails much.” Jesus, Himself, while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, “being in anguish, prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44). The result was that in His humanity He received the strength to endure the cross. Hallelujah!
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