Coach was playing college ball when he found himself “playing through” a very serious ailment…burst appendix which, by the way, he doesn't recommend to anyone. The game became more important than the pain which landed him in surgery with infection spread throughout his body and 10 days in the hospital. Thankfully, he recovered with no lasting
As a follower of Christ, challenging life circumstances bring often unwanted opportunities to not only “play through” but more importantly to PRAY THROUGH them. The Old Testament book of Samuel tells the story of Hannah who passed through the heartache of barrenness. She had waited, watched and wished for a son. Now she was PRAYING THROUGH her circumstance as recorded in 1 Samuel, Chapter 1.
While Hannah kept praying, Eli watched her mouth. She was praying in her heart so her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. vs. 12 & 13
Hannah also told Eli why she was praying so fervently...
"I am a deeply troubled woman, and I was telling the Lord about all my problems…I have been praying because I have many troubles and am very sad.” vs. 15 & 16
Then Eli blessed her with these words…
“Go! I wish you well. May the God of Israel give you what you asked of him.” vs. 17
Hannah’s earnest and consistent prayer was granted.
So Hannah became pregnant, and in time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel saying, “His name is Samuel because I asked the Lord for him.” vs. 20
Are we content to stay in a place that God designed for us to pass through? Getting hopelessly stuck in what life has brought our way is not the plan. We can choose to PRAY THROUGH just as Hannah did. At the other end we will find God’s best answer and be at peace with it.
Blessings…as you PRAY THROUGH.
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