Hello! Welcome to Day 2 of the BOLD prayer challenge blog series!
Today the letter O in the word BOLD means…
Prayer is not like our microwave ovens. Praying with boldness and confidence means praying often, on a continual basis. Today let’s look at the remarkable story of a woman’s faith that was so bold and audacious that Eli the priest thought she was drunk! (1 Samuel 1:12-16)
Read 1 Samuel chapter 1 to gain greater understanding of the context of Hannah’s prayer. In a nutshell, she was barren and experienced the taunting ridicule of her husband’s other wife. (Talk about a soap opera!) Hannah was in desperate need of a breakthrough from her God, and she asked for the impossible: a son.
Take a look at her bold prayer:
And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.1 Samuel 1:11
Wow. What boldness to not only to ask God to give her a son, but she vowed to dedicate him back to the Lord!
Praying for the Impossible
What impossible thing are you praying for today? Is there a lost family member who you are tempted to give up on, or an impossible situation that seems will never change? Here are three lessons we can learn from Hannah to incorporate in our own prayer lives:
1. Pray Continually
Hannah never gave up praying and continually prayed to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:12-14). She prayed so much that the priest Eli actually thought she was drunk! (vs 14)
What can we learn from the example of Hannah?
Don’t give up. Keep praying.
Trust that the mustard-seed prayers you are sowing have the power to move mountains. It may not always happen in the way we expect, but we can trust our hearts to the One who holds all power in His hands!
2. Surrender to God
Hannah was willing to give up the very thing she was praying for.
In 1 Samuel 1:11 she vowed to dedicate her son to the Lord if he granted her a son. That meant that she would only have a few short years to enjoy her precious son before he was old enough to be weaned and live with Eli in the temple (1 Samuel 1:25-26).
Are we willing to dedicate our lives to God like Hannah, and even surrender the very thing we are asking God for in prayer? We must remember that all good gifts come from God. Nothing belongs to us, but the Lord graciously grants us the honor and opportunity to steward the things he gives us with wisdom and diligence.
May we all pray to the Lord with lifted hands of praise, and with open hands, willing to surrender everything back to God.
3. Worship God
After Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to God, she worshiped God (1 Samuel 1:26b) Are we willing to pray continually, surrender to God, and worship him with our lives? May Hannah’s example of perseverance and reverence for God inspire us to never give up in our prayers, and to draw closer to God each day!
Today’s Free Prayer Pages
Download today’s prayer freebies, and pray audaciously before the Lord!
Today’s gift is a set of prayer sheets with Scriptures that you can pray for yourself, or for your family. Feel free to download and print off the sheets that best apply to your situation!
You can also reflect on Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving after God granted her bold request in the BOLD Challenge Prayer Guide and spend some time writing your prayers to God.
Have a great day, and remember to pray without ceasing!