From Handbook to Scripture, Day 77
READING: 1 SAMUEL 1
Hannah’s grief in being barren was amplified by the taunts she received year after year by her rival Peninnah, the other wife of Elkanah. It was particularly painful when she had to go up to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem each year with the rest of the family. In her bitterness of soul, she prayed to the Lord and made a vow that if the Lord granted her the gift of a son, she would dedicate him to the Lord’s service. When Eli the priest realized her anguish, he blessed her and said, “May the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” The Lord fulfilled her request, and Hannah fulfilled her vow by presenting the child for the Lord’s service after she had weaned him.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You care for us and are concerned with the things that concern us. May I be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make my requests known to You.
Meditation passage: verses 10, 17
She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. (verse 10)
Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” (verse 17)
From Simple Prayers, Day 77
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
O Lord, I am deeply grateful for Your wonderful acts, for Your abundant promises, and for the gift of my relationship with You through the merits of Christ.
My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
For I delight in Your salvation. (1 Samuel 2:1)
You reached down from on high and took hold of me;
You drew me out of deep waters.
You delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were stronger than me. (2 Samuel 22:17–18)
Take a moment to express your gratitude for the many blessings that you have received from the Lord.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)
On the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other, answering, rebuked him and said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:34, 39–43)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
Since I have been justified by Christ’s blood, much more shall I be saved from God’s wrath through Him. For if, when I was God’s enemy, I was reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, shall I be saved through His life. And not only this, but I also rejoice in God through my Lord Jesus Christ, through whom I have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:9–11)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. (Psalm 118:8)
I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great spoil. I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love Your law. Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. O Lord, I hope for Your salvation, and I follow Your commands. My soul keeps Your testimonies, for I love them greatly. I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, for all my ways are known to You. (Psalm 119:162–163, 165–168)
Lord, I thank You for the unlimited love and forgiveness that Jesus offers through His work on the cross. I thank You for making me acceptable in Your sight because of Christ’s sacrifice on my behalf, and I ask that I would seek refuge in You and hope for Your salvation.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 77
Lord, I praise you because …
The Lord is my helper and keeper
who watches over my steps and preserves my soul.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow my foot to slip;
He who watches over me will not slumber.
The Lord is my keeper; the Lord is my shade at my right hand.
The sun will not harm me by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep me from all evil; He will preserve my soul.
The Lord will watch over my coming and going from this time forth and forever.
(Psalm 121:1–3, 5–8)
Lord, I look to You for my help and protection in this uncertain world. You protect me from evil and preserve my soul. When I suffer pain and loss, even then I know that You will use it for my ultimate good by drawing me ever closer to You. My hope is centered on You and on Your ever-present care. Amen.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.