Monday, May 12, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Samuel 1:9-20(NASB)
9 Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. 10 She, greatly distressed, prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. 11 She made a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head." 12 Now it came about, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli was watching her mouth. 13 As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. 14 Then Eli said to her, "How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you." 15 But Hannah replied, "No, my lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16 "Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation." 17 Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him." 18 She said, "Let your maidservant find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. 19 Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. 20 It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, "Because I have asked him of the LORD."
Pastor Dave did yesterday's Mother's Day sermon on the first chapter and a fraction of 1 Samuel. What struck me here is that Hannah (found out that means joy in Hebrew-pretty name) might well have been the first charismatic, seeming to pray in the Holy Spirit up in verse 13. This reminds me of Romans 8:25-" In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words[.]" I think Hannah had such a moment their. She laid her heart out to God, and God answered, which is just about what Samuel translates to-"God heard." You don't have to have some sort of "prayer language" or any kind of tongue to function in the Holy Spirit. God knows your heart, especially when your feeling are too deep for words. You may not have the words, but God does. You may not know the entire situation, but God does. You might not have a preferred solution to ask for, but God knows the best one and the best time to answer it..

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