Prayer Filled Person

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1 Samuel 1-2:1
Sunday, 07 August 2011

In this week’s sermon we relived the story of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1 to discover what it means to be a prayer filled person.  Follow along by downloading the sermon outline here.  Hannah’s womb was closed.  She had no children. She had a real need and every year during Passover she prayed for a child. Meanwhile, her husbands other wife, Peninnah, provoked her all the time for not having children.  Despite Hannah's hurt and bitterness at others and God she went to the Lord in prayer.  Why? Because a prayer filled person seeks God because of who God is.  How do you perceive God? Is He critical and at a distance or is He merciful, compassionate, and intimate?  Is your view of your Heavenly Father based on your experience, emotions, or on a biblical view?  Here are some passages that should shape our view of God.

30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey him. 31 For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”(Mark 11:24)

 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)  

Hannah believed in God. Look how she prayed.

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.” (1 Samuel 1:12-16)

Secondly, a prayer filled person seeks God with all their heart, mind, and soul.

Duet,. 4:29   "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.  -  God is looking for people who are seeking Him. God is a good Father who is waiting for us to come to him with our needs, so He may meet them and then we will see His hand providing for us. 

And the final point is a prayer filled person seeks God for His Peace in our life.

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. (1 Samuel 1:17-18)

Hannah went away in Peace and not with her answer.  God's peace, not a vow, enabled her to give away her one and only child.   How else do we know we have peace.  Read these words of Jesus in Luke 11:11 “If your child ask you, his father, for a fish, would you give him a snake instead?  Or if your child asks for an egg, would you give him a scorpion?  Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children.  So how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?
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