Hannah – the resolute
(Excerpt from Of Hearts and Minds by Dennis Gillett)
The purpose of this little study of Hannah is not to lay down laws about how you ought to pray, or to make extravagant claims about objective prayer, or to work up synthetic emotions about motherhood. The aim is to emphasise that when all is said and done the need of all those who have wounds and weariness and woes is to put their trust in God. Paul says that God can supply every need of ours in Christ Jesus. Those who are burdened can find rest if they cast their burden upon the Lord. Hannah’s God is Yahweh and He is our God too. It is no good just fretting over sorrows and sadness; it is no good just worrying over failure and faithlessness.
We had better make a clean breast of it. We cannot hoodwink the Almighty. A broken spirit is better than a loud voice. It is better to come humbly than haughtily. Self-confidence is fatal if you are seeking help. We learn more from our failures than from our successes, if we are wise. The truth does not change us into somebody else although we are new creatures – we have the same natures to battle with – but the truth so works in our lives so that we can become the best we can be. Let us not forget that the God who answered the prayer of Hannah was the God of the covenant. By it God has solemnly sworn that He will pardon, bless and save His people and, in turn, we solemnly undertake that we will obey and trust in Him.
That is the condition – seek first the kingdom of God and all needful things will be added unto us. So whatever you need, the answer is to seek God, His kingdom and His righteousness, trustfully. Remember, what we refuse we lose –
“Ask, and ye shall receive”.