Meditation for Monday

For this child I prayed, and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord, as long as he liveth, he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there. Samuel 1:27,28

Is it any wonder that many parents these days are naming their little girls Hannah? This wonderful, godly woman from the days of the judges is an excellent example for mothers today. The world can well do with many more Hannahs, and may they all be like Elkanah’s wife!

This godly lady did two essential things for Samuel: she prayed for him and she lent him to the Lord. No mother can do more for her children than that! For a woman who did not have any children before, she was very wise. Take heed to her example, young mothers!

A mother’s prayers are very precious. Before Samuel was born, before he was conceived, even, he was the object of the fervent prayers of a woman who wanted a man to serve the Lord. Is this your prayer for your children? There is no higher request you could make of God than that He would direct your children into His service. A child who grows up to be faithful to his/her Saviour, a helper to the Lord’s people, a prayer warrior, a winner of souls. These are goals that far exceed ambitions of worldly influence, power, money, and popularity. Are we praying for the right things for our children? May God direct us to see what is truly important for them.

Hannah went even further… she lent her little boy to the Lord. She took him herself to the temple to present him to Eli. She did not wait, either. As soon as he was weaned, he was off to Shiloh. Of course, she would have loved to have had her darling little boy home with her. But she was committed to seeing him serve the Lord. She was like so many good mothers today who pour the Word of God into their children’s ears at a very young age, make sure they memorize their Sunday School verses, teach them Bible stories, make sure they get to the meetings of the Assembly.

What was Samuel’s response? He worshipped the Lord. That must surely have caused Hannah’s heart to overflow. Her prayers were all answered, her loan to the Lord was accepted.

Hannah did not lose out because of her loan. God gave her five more children. Let us give our children to the Lord. Our reward is sure. – Jim MacIntosh

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