JULY 9 - Matthew 7:7-8 and 1 Samuel 1:10-11,27

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8

“And she (Hannah) was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, ‘O Lord of hosts, if Thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of Thine handmaiden, and remember me, and not forget Thine handmaiden, but will give unto Thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
… For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of Him.”
1 Samuel 1:10-11,27

Memory Catcher: The word "Ask" is an acrostic for A-Ask; S-Seek; K-Knock.
Where have I been all my life that this has escaped me? Love it!
The word Hannah is called a palindrome (a name that reads the same forward and backward.)
The two “A’s” in her name attach themselves to the A in Ask:
The first A-Asked.
The second A-Answered.
Hannah asked and God answered …
And that’s the way of prayer.
Prayer is a spiritual discipline that requires deliberate activity.
Hannah went to Jerusalem where she poured out her heart in a unique and unsettled way in the temple. Her heart was so intoxicated by unconstraint of pain and bitterness that Eli the priest perceived she was drunk.
Hmmm …
Have you ever approached God in that state?
Have you ever been such a mess internally that the cry of your heart came out externally in a drunken, sloppy, all-out begging God … sort of way?
The explosion of emotion in Hannah’s plea to God displays to me a heart in deep connection and union with Him.
Three times she asserts herself “Thine handmaiden.”
This is significant to me because it asserts her position with God and her humility before God simultaneously.
Very powerful suggestion.
God liked it … a lot.
He answered:
He replaced the empty soul and womb with a chosen child named Samuel and Samuel would act as a significant spokesman for God and herald in the kingship of David and supply Israel with a godly and renowned Prophet.
God answers our pleas and our prayers in unique and different ways. How He answers, in your case, is anyone’s guess but “that” He answers is His promise.
Get near Him, press into Him, and pour out your heart to Him.
He promises that in asking there is receiving;
He promises that in seeking there is finding;
He promises that in knocking …
There is an opening.
Let Him inside.
Holy and Listening Father,
Hear the pleas of my soul and witness the desires within it.
Humbly and earnestly I place Thy great and holy name over my weak and lowly frame, recognizing that You alone have the power to alter my case.
Let today’s date be sealed in a sacred place as a testament to response of my plea.
In Thy name and in Thy holiness, this appeal is made and laid before Thy throne.
It is Thine and I am Thine.