1 Samuel 1-3 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Our devotional reminds us of the reasons God may choose to not answer prayer in our lives:
- Sin in our lives. Psalm 66:18 “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”
- Lack of faith. James 1:6-8 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
- Not praying according to God’s will. 1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
- Impure motives. James 4:3 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
Jesus encourages us to emulate Hannah’s persistence in Luke: “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, “Give me justice against my adversary.” For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, “Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.”‘ And the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’” (18:1-8)
We have a great advantage over Samuel. We can know exactly when God is speaking to us. We just open up His Word!