Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Gift of God

This reading has to do with prayer. In Samuel 1:1, Hannah prayed that God would give her a son and God answered her prayers. In the book, Jared prayed for a blonde, brown-eyed girl. That was his heart's desire, though he was willing to leave it in God's hands and accept and love whatever child God would give them. I can't help but think that even though he was openly willing to accept whatever child God had in mind for them, don't you think he still secretly said, but God, if there is a blonde, brown-eyed girl, remember me!! The bible does tell us to pray continually and for everything and that is what God wants us to do. He also wants us to have a relationship with Him and to know Him and the only way we can do that is through reading and praying and sharing with others. The bible also says that God wants to give us the desires of our heart. Now, having said that, I think we need to examine our heart and motives when we pray for something that we want because it is in our nature to be selfish and want things that we want and don't necessarily need and aren't in line with God's will. I believe that if we pray for and ask for things that are also in line with God's heart and God's desires, those prayers will be answered. We have to remember, that the answer might not always be what we want or expect, but I believe that God will answer with what is best for us and we may not fully understand His answers until someday when we are in Heaven. I do believe that God wants to give us the desires of our heart while we are here on earth. Sometimes, we just need to pray and say "God, your will be done". (When God does answer your prayer, share it with others because it affirms in your own mind that He answers prayer, it encourages others to pray and it brings glory to God.)

1 comment:

  1. However - in Hannah's story, why would she pray for a son to promise to give him up once weaned? If someone said to me, "you can have a child, but need to give him to the church once he is weaned," I think I'd pass! So that's a thought to add. I think Mom summarizes the point of these stories very well - the importance of prayer and asking for the true desires of our hearts.