How Great Is Your Desire To See God Move In Your Life?
The miraculous works of God are always the result of a deep, inner and insatiable desire for a change. God isn’t moved to orchestrate in our hearts or affairs because a person quickly mumbles some "off the cuff" prayer without any thought behind it.
No, God is always moved to intervene from those who diligently, passionately, intimately and faithfully seek Him. And this kind of prayer usually involves both sacrificial time and hard work as one seeks to pierce through their darkness, prevail through their pains and persevere right into the throne room of God’s grace.
We are given an excellent example of this in 1st Samuel 1: 9-18 in the brief story of Hannah. Hannah was childless and couldn’t take being barren anymore, so she pleaded and poured out her soul before God.
Here In verse 11, Hannah’s prayers being mingled with tears cries out, "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."
Her vow here implies that he would be consecrated to the Lord from his infancy to his death, to serve him, and minister unto him in the sanctuary, fully dedicating him to the tabernacle service; and that he should not only act as a Levite, but as a Nazarite, on whose head no razor should ever pass.
Being unwilling to let the Lord go until she received some sort of promise or satisfaction, she continued praying in her heart. There, her distorted appearance with uplifted eyes and hands were observed by the priest, who not hearing any words but seeing her lips move, initially though she was intoxicated from wine.
Then in verses 15-16 it says, "‘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. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.’"
Out of the abundance of her heart, Hannah began to vent and make known her desires to The Lord. And the Lord remembered Hannah and gave her the power to conceive and she brought forth a son and called his name Samuel.
Let us be reminded of the promise given in Matthew 6:6 by Jesus himself: "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
Is there some place where you can go and have your secret devotions? A place where you may be alone with God? If you really need to speak with God then you will create the place and the time needed to really get before the Lord like Hannah.
There’s a reward, power and anointing that comes out of prevailing and persistent prayer that cannot be derived from anywhere else.
Remember the words from James 4:3 which declare that "You have not because you ask not or ask amiss." When you ask, don’t ask with the wrong motives of self-indulgence or carnal gratification, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. On some occasions you even if you do pray, you do it only that you may live in splendor to pamper your lusts. No, always come before His presence with the right intentions and purpose of heart.
Remember, whatever’s ahead of you is never as great as the power that’s with you. And according to His gracious promises, He will move in your life and affairs, through the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
~Dr. Andrew Bills
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