Monday, August 4, 2008

Weekly Prayer Thought

No one is holy like the LORD,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
1 Samuel 2.2

This verse comes as a part of Hannah's prayer for a son. Up to this point, Hannah had been unable to bare children. We do not know the details of Hannah's situation, but we do know that in her time and culture, the worst thing that could happen to a woman was for her to be unable to provide children to her husband. A woman could be neglected, divorced, or even killed for her barrenness.

Hannah, like so many of us, found herself in a very difficult situation and so she did the natural thing- she prayed. She prayed for a child, and specifically for a son. She turned to the Lord for assistance in what surely seemed like an impossible situation. She prayed. And she prayed. And she prayed. This verse is interesting in the context of Hannah's prayer. Instead of being bitter about her lot in life and blaming God, she was careful to recognize his goodness and his greatness.

Too often we try to blame God for our difficulties when we need to recognize that he is the one getting us through those hard times. Hannah knew this and her prayer reflected that. You and I would do well to learn this lesson in our prayer lives as well.

PRAYER: Lord God, keep us in your care. Remind us of your greatness each day. Teach us to praise you in all our circumstances. We worship you, Lord. We honor and praise you. You are good, and your mercy endures forever. Amen.

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