Do miracles still exist? According to the hundred or so people who prayed for rain at San Marcos City Park last month, they do. Miracles are what attracted the crowds to Jesus. They saw Heaven invading Earth, and they came running. In all of our lives, there are situations that must have God in order to change things. Things need to get knocked off dead center. Something needs to change. Reading through 1 Sam. 1:1 – 2:11, we can see learn a few things from Hannah, and how she got a miracle from the Lord.
How To Get a Miracle:
- You Have to Become Desperate. 1 Sam. 1:6-7 shows us that Hannah “wept and would not eat.” She became greatly distressed over the situation. Miracles come when the situation becomes too much for us to handle.
- Prayer Has to Become Specific and Earnest. In 1 Sam. 1:10-11, Hannah asked specifically for a son. And this was no mystical, airy fairy prayer. It was both passionate and plain. I think God waits for us to ask specifically and earnestly for things that we need.
- Receive Support from the Community of Faith. 1 Sam 1:12-18 says that while praying at the church, Hannah risked being misunderstood and ridiculed. This is always the risk we run with the church. There is a chance that our feelings will get hurt, or that people will not understand what we are going through. But the benefits far outweigh the risks. Sometimes, just having another Christian to talk to helps immensely, and the Holy Spirit who works through others to bring you direction and guidance.
- Do Your Part. 1 Sam. 1:19 says that Elkanah “had relations” with his wife. We don’t need to go into the details here, but the principle of physically doing something is vital to God working. God expects us to work hard toward the answer that we seek. How many times have we heard of cancer being healed, but it took several treatments and surgeries, too? God heals, but we are wrong to dictate to Him how He should answer our prayers.
- Wait on the Lord’s Timing. It says in 1 Sam. 1:20 that “it came about in due time.” Sometimes waiting is the hardest part. But what do we do in the meantime? We should allow our faith to go strong. Romans 4:18-20 shows us that Abraham had to wait 25 years for the promise of God to come to pass on his descendants.
- Receive the Results.
- Miracle: In 1 Sam. 20, Hannah has her son. She had come through the trial of faith and had prevailed. However, there was pain in her miracle too; she had to release the boy back to the Lord. In Genesis 22, we see that Abraham had to relinquish his son as well. The lesson is that in every miracle, there is still a tinge of pain of the world.
- Know God Much Better: In Hannah’s prayer to the Lord in 1 Sam. 2:1-10, we see that there is no other Rock like our God. The Lord lifts the needy and the poor. He protects the Godly ones, and He gives strength to His anointed ones.
- Given More than She Ever Asked For: 1 Sam. 2:21 says that Hannah not only received one son, but three sons and two daughters. This is exactly like our God. He will give you more than you ever thought or imagined.
Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
This is the confidence which we have before Him, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. – 1 John 5:14-15