Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

Immanuel Temple of Praise Ministries, Int.

Prayer Changes Things

Posted on January 27, 2017 by  Christine Bowen

Let’s talk about How “Prayer Changes Things” 1Sam 1:8-18

Hanna and her husband had been praying for a child for a long time; as I studied this lesson, it was said that Hannah was passed the baring age somewhere between 60-70 years old.

If you noticed that year after year, she went through the same thing, her husband would go before the Lord to worship but this time she got up and went before God, and she had to come into the knowledge of who God was for herself. Sometimes we get caught up thinking that we can continue to do the same thing and expect a different outcome.

Before we come to the Lord in prayer we have to make sure we are in right standing with him, in those days they made sacrifices, but Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice so we do not have to do that but what we have to have is a heart of repentance, we have to be transparent and honest with God. Now mind you she had not eaten or drunk anything before going to the temple. Psalms 51:17 my sacrifice, o God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

Let me encourage you that if you have been seeking for solutions to your problems. If you have prayed and not seeing any results. If you have asked others to pray for you, nothing has changed. If you have done everything you can do in your power but you still face rejection after rejection and it seems like it is getting worse, just keep praying.

If your problems haven’t stopped, neither should your prayers.

God Almighty has sent me to tell you today to keep praying until something happens!” stop settling for no from someone that does not have the authority to tell you yes! Do not carry a defeated and self-pity attitude.

Hannah continued to Pray and speaks hope to her situation. She declared out of her mouth that things would get better. She believed that her situation would change for the better.

This is how you push.  You have to be willing to wait for your answer as you continue to PUSH! Persistence does pay off; just try it as Hannah did.

We are pushing because we refuse to allow discouragement to get the best of us!

At that time, God gave her peace and restored her joy. She left the temple in confidence and knowing that God would supply all that she needed. Then in vs. 18 says that she went and ate something and her face was no longer downcast-(sad) That’s the glory of God, that’s his peace that he gives us when we’re going through, that assurance that everything’s going to be okay. Why? Because we gave it over to the Lord.

We are praying to Jesus for an answer because He is the answer, Who we are can weigh heavy on our hearts and it is clear that when we allow something other than Christ to dictate our lives we find ourselves in doubt.

The word tells us how year after year Hannah had to go through the turmoil of being teased by her rival Peninnah. Through our adversities come victory; you’re going to have some Peninnah’s in your life: It may be a so call friend, mother, father, and spouse. If we were honest with ourselves, we have all lived with someone who is negative. Never has anything good to say. They are the first ones to tell you that you cannot make it, or that you will not amount to anything.

Hannah needed something that her husband could not give her. Although he loved her dearly, he could not fill the void that she had so deeply inside. She had to go to the one that she knew who could heal her and make her whole.

You do not have to worry about your haters; remember he had two wives but only one did God remember. You want to be the servant that God remember.

We must pray for strength, to not become weary in well dong to continue so that we can get our prayers answered. However, some of us do not really want to pray. Some of us are disappointed with God because the answer we are getting is not what we prayed for, so we start to question his word.

Doesn’t the Bible say that we are supposed to experience great things in serving Christ? So why am I not getting my prayers answered?

Praying is most satisfying and effective when it flows out of a close and growing relationship with God. Praying is to ask God to show us how to reorder our lives and our steps in His word and to experience everything flowing out of this vital relationship with Him.

Our minds need to be renewed and renewal starts with stopping long enough to listen to what God have to say.

After God answered her prayer she took the child, gave him to the high priest Eli, and gave her son over to God as she promised Lord and God continued to bless her and she gave birth to 3 sons and 2 daughters.

No matter what takes place in your life, you cannot let anything or anyone come between you and God.

Just like Hannah, we should also start with honest conversations with God in which we pour out all the pain, disappointment, and bitterness within us, and then we ask God for His perspective on our situations.

We want to get our prayers answered but do not want to make the sacrifice to pray.

Hannah wants the world to know that God answers prayer when you PUSH.

She said in 1 Samuel 1:11“if God grant her what she prayed for, then she will give him back to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” Can we pray this prayer and mean it? When we get our prayers answered, are we willing to live the life that the answer requires?  Are we going to tell God thank you and continue praying in communion with Him?

Think long and hard about what you are praying for before you pray because it takes a lot of pushing in many cases to get the result you want.

 Psalms 92:12-15 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree; 
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Daniel 3

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego put their faith into action; they trusted God and they stood strong on their beliefs that they would only serve and worship the true living God. Moreover, they had the faith to know and believe that their God would deliver them out of the hands of the enemy-King Nebuchadnezzar. Even if He did not deliver them, they still would not bow down and worship any other God. However, for some of us we bow down without even knowing it; we bow down to our jobs, our family, our friends, our children. We put everything before God, and when we begin to bow down and conform to the cares of the world is when the enemy comes in and starts to wreak havoc in our lives.

How many times have we come across a situation where we have had to decide to stand on our faith or surcome to what may be acceptable to please others? Right now this very nation has forgotten that it was built on the foundation of God and has bowed down to accept what is biblically and morally wrong. Abortion, homosexuality-same sex marriage, trying to overturn the biblical principle that a marriage is between a man and a women. Creating road blocks for the church so that we come under persecution for preaching the word of God.

There comes a time when you have to draw a line in the sand; you have to separate you from whatever may hinder you from becoming what God wants you to become. We have to grab a hold of that same spirit as the 3 Hebrew boys; the word tells us in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove (demonstrate) what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Galatians 5:7 you did run well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?

Luke 14:26 Nothing should come before God.

Luke 10 -Martha & Mary; Mary did not let anything come between her and Jesus; not family, nor traditions. She knew that Jesus had what she needed and she was not going to budge, she did not care what was going on around her she stayed focused on Jesus. But Martha was distracted and was worried about the things of the world not what was going on in the house, the cooking, how often do we as mothers get distracted and lose focus? (Soccer practice, football, cleaning the house, cooking, ironing, working, school)

Matt4:22-33 When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water he bid him (or called) him to come and when he did Peter stepped out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus, but as soon as the wind started to blow, he took his eyes off God; he started focusing on the situation and he began to sink. What has happened in your life that has made you take your eyes off God and now you are sinking; feeling anxious, worried, concerned, tossing and turning restless nights. Do I have any Peter’s out there that began walking on the water but now feel as though you are starting to drown?

You took your eyes off the price. You stopped focusing on God. You took back what you gave him.

When we put our trust in God he makes the crooked way straight, he gives us the peace that surpasseth all understanding, Hannah prayed, left it with God and left in peace. She was able to eat and she was happy.

Whatever it is that you have been struggling with give it to God; Prayers of the righteous availeth much. Pray, believe, praise-you thank God for the victory.

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