Tuesday, January 14, 2014
In today’s reading we find Hannah at rock bottom. Hannah is married to Elkanah. Elkanah is also married to Peninnah. Through her had children but none with Hannah. To Hannah this is a disaster. Despite her husband’s comforting words and assurance of his love she is heartbroken for the lack of children.
She sobs and prays silently to God. She is such a sight that Eli believes her to be drunk and tells her to stop and sober up. When she explains her plight he offers a prayer, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
We know from personal experience that God does not always give us what we ask for. Knowing this then how should we pray for others when they seek our intercessory prayers?
Before we answer that it is good to recall that God loves us more than we love ourselves or anyone he puts in our lives. In fact the difference between his love for us and others and our love we have for others and ourselves is infinite.
God is also All-Knowing and All-Powerful.
So what is the best prayer to offer up to the Omniscient, Omnipotent All-Loving God?
“God may your will be done for them”, is the best prayer. We know from Scripture that God desires only what is best for us. So let’s not get in the way by asking for things that might be less best.
Sure we can also say, “If it is your will, please grant my friend their desire.” As a friend we should honor their request. But God’s will is always Best!
Warriors World Dad