God love us and he want us to be happy. God gives us many good things. He's already given us the best thing ever, his love and his Son Jesus Christ. If God would do all that for us, why would he withhold things that would make us happy? This Sunday we'll learn about Hannah's Prayer in 1 Samuel 1:9-20. Hannah was married, but was unable to have a child. She prayed to conceive and have a child and God granted her request.
What is it you really want in life? God wants you to pray about those things - and in many cases he'll give you what you ask for. However, I've said many times, God is not our celestial genie who gives us three wishes every day. God is sovereign, and though he wants to make us happy and give us good things, he answers every prayer according to his will. There will be some times when we ask God for something, and his answer is "No." When we pray and don't get what we ask for, it should cause us to seek the heart of God, to try to understand his will and commit ourselves to whatever is God's purpose for our lives.
In our story, Hannah has a son, a very special son named Samuel, a judge of Israel and a prophet, but she will have to give him to the Lord. That had to be hard, but God gave Hannah what she wanted and she did what she had committed in her heart to do. Will you accept the sovereignty of God, pray and do what God asks you to do, and put him first in every area of your life? It is when we put God first in our lives that we will receive great things from him.
Our January Prayer Challenge is for each member of our congregation to spend five minutes a day praying for his church. Here are this week's prayer concerns:
Sunday 1/20: Pray for faith to know God hears and answers all our prayers.
Monday 1/21: Pray that we will love our brothers and sisters of all races and cultural backgrounds on this Martin Luther King Day.
Tuesday 1/22: Pray “Confident Parenting” will bless families and reach unbelievers.
Wednesday 1/23: Pray that our church’s name change will attract people to Church on The Hill.
Thursday 1/24: Pray for our church staff, may they be strengthened for the work they do.
Friday 1/25: Pray for our children and youth – may our kids come to know and love the Lord.
Saturday 1/26: Ask God to provide for our church’s ministries and property improvements.