“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” (I Samuel 1:10)
Hannah was one who prayed. She knew that only by prayer all her needs could be met and transforms the curse into blessing. She pleaded God to remember her. God is one who listens to our prayer and one who answers the prayers with love.
What was Hannah’s prayer? ““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 male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life and no razor shall come upon his head.” (I Samuel 1:11).
There are many prayers in the Scripture. But Hannah’s prayer is a special one. It was a prayer which got answered. She received from God more than what she had thought of and more than what she had asked for. What was the reason? She not only thought of her needs but also that of God’s. At that time there was no king in Israel. There was no prophet and no holy priest too. Hannah knew the needs of God and hence prayed with a vow that if a male child is given to her she would dedicate the same for God’s ministry. It was then God fulfilled her request. Yes. Hannah’s prayer was a prayer with a vow.
God remembered Hannah.” Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel” (I Samuel 1:20). God recognised her love and sacrifice when she kept her vow by leaving Samuel in the church. God blessed Hannah with two sons and three daughters more. God never forgets your prayers.
One day Abraham prayed for protecting the righteous from the destruction of Sodom, God remembered that prayer and protected Lot and his family from the ruins. (Genesis 19:28, 29).
The prayer of Jabesh stands as another proof to substantiate that ‘God never forgets and remembers’. God remembered him. He granted what he had prayed for. (I Chronicles 4:10). Samsom cried bitterly for his sins and prayed “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me.” God mercifully blessed him and the strength he had lost came back to him. (Judges 16:28)
God did not take Jephthah cheaply just because he was a son of a harlot. He made him victorious in the war and made him a big judge. Our God is not partial. He will remember you also and answer your prayer too.
To meditate: “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud and He shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17)