Healing Through Prayer
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 1,2; Psalm 66; 2 Corinthians 7
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 1:1-18
In today’s key passage, we read the story of a man named Elkanah who had two wives, Peninnah, who had children, and Hannah, who had no children. Three times a year, Elkanah and his wives would travel to the tabernacle in Shiloh to worship God and bring the required sacrifices to God, and each time Peninnah would insult Hannah because she was barren. Hannah would get so upset during these trips, that she would end up crying constantly and would not eat. Finally, during one of these trips, Hannah decided to pray. She made a vow to God that if He would give her a son, she would dedicate him to a life of service to God. The high priest Eli saw her praying and gave her encouragement. When she finished her conversation with Eli, this woman who was so upset that she would not eat, “went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.” (Vs. 18) In a matter of moments, Hannah went from feeling depressed and discouraged to feeling joyful. Eventually, God blessed her with a child, and she kept her promise to God to dedicate him to a life of service. (Vss. 27-28) In addition, God would later give Hannah five more children. (Vs. 2:21)
In this story, Hannah actually received two different types of healing through her prayer. She received a physical healing when her prayer was answered and God allowed her to conceive her first child. In addition, she received emotional healing when she was finished praying. It is important for us to note that she did not need to wait for her prayer to be answered in order to feel joy. Her emotional healing came about not by God working on her behalf and making her pregnant, but through her faith in God and through the encouragement she received from Eli. When she cried out to God in her desperate time, she was able to leave her problems with Him. Moreover, she received moral support from a fellow believer that further led to her emotional healing. So often, we have a tendency to hold on to our discouragement until the time comes when God answers our prayers, but we can receive emotional healing long before that ever happens. When we pray, we can take all of our problems to God and can LEAVE THEM at the cross of Jesus Christ. We do not have to hold onto our sadness, our anger, or our bitterness. When we have faith like Hannah, we can finish our prayer knowing that God has heard us. We can finish our prayer knowing that God is working in our best interest. We can finish our prayer with emotional healing.
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Posted on April 7, 2014, in 09 - 1 Samuel and tagged Bible, Blessings, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Elkanah, God, God's Character, Hannah, Jesus, Peninnah, Perseverance, Prayer, Religion, Waiting, Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.