Greetings my friends, in the name of Jesus!
I came across a serious, praying sister! A sister who was provoked to wrath by her adversary. 1 Samuel 1:6, "And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb." This sister, Hannah, is an original prayer warrior! Hannah's story is recorded in The First Book of Samuel 1. Hannah was constantly provoked to wrath because her womb was closed, she did not have a child, and so her husband's other wife would provoke her sorely. Hannah could not take it any longer. Now, this is a virtuous woman. Hannah did not fuss or cuss or fight with her adversary. What she did was the most powerful thing a woman could do and that is PRAY. Hannah put herself at the mercy of God, she prayed and prayed. She prayed where only her lips moved but her voice was not heard and so Eli, the priest, thought she was drunk! 1 Samuel 1:12-13, "And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken." Hannah was in prayer, serious prayer with God.
Friends, Hannah is a perfect example of how we should deal with our adversaries. LET GOD. Hannah did not talk sorely about her adversary, nor did not fight the adversary. She took the situation to the Lord. That's what we need to do when our adversaries provoke us. Instead of calling this one and that one who only makes our situations worse, we should take it to the Lord in prayer. We see God favoring Hannah, answering her prayer! Hannah, my friends, prayed again to God just as intensely after HE blessed her womb and gave her a child. She did not forget to thank God for HIS blessing. She prayed and praised God. 1 Samuel 1:26-28, "And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there." This is the best victory someone can get. When God answers our prayers, the adversaries are put in shame!
It is time we pray and pray and pray sorely, and weep sorely to the Lord bringing forth our petitions. Hannah, my friends, prayed again to God just as intensely after HE blessed her womb and gave her a child. She did not forget to thank God for HIS blessing. She prayed and praised God. This is the example we need to take with our lives. Pray and praise during the bad times and pray and praise during the good times.
Therese from Belize