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How to change your life

12/05/2024 - Jody Destry

Mother’s Day

1 Sam 1:1-20

There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”

9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 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.”

12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”

15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”

 

The Womb – A biblical metaphor

Hannah Stood Up

Hannah Responds

Hannah takes all the emotion, anguish, grief, disappointment and desperation, the years and years of longing, waiting, the torment from Penninah and she pours it all out before the Lord.

The peace comes before she even gets the outcome.

While Hannah was waiting for a baby,  God was waiting for Hannah to come into alignment with a bigger story. Hannah’s prayer is not a prayer of bargaining but a prayer of surrender.

 

What are you waiting for or clinging to that needs to be let go and surrendered in order for God to bring about the breakthrough in your life?

‘The point of prayer is not the power it releases, but the person it reveals’  (Peter Greig – 24/7 Prayer)

 

1 Sam 2:1-10

A prayer that points to Jesus

 

Why? Because the person it reveals is a God who loves us – and in his grace meets us in the middle of our story – changes and transforms our lives!

A God who takes the barren and lifeless things and breathes new life into them.

A God who takes the broken things and makes them beautiful.

A God who turns our mourning into dancing

A God who binds up the broken-hearted

A God who bestows on us a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair

 

THE INVITATION:

1/ To be reminded that God sees you in your season – you are not forgotten.

2/ To see a bigger story for your life – God has good plans for you!

3/ Changing your life starts with surrender – coming into alignment with God’s good plans for you