Guest Diane Barnett
This week's programme on Prayers of Hope is 'The Prayer That Changed A Nation.' You may be thinking that this must be the prayer of a Great Prophet, or Priest or even a king. But no, it was the prayer of a woman, and not even one that would be counted by many as being of any significance.
Her name was Hannah and she had many problems; she couldn't have children, so her husband married a woman who could and this woman made herself her bitterest and most relentless enemy. She delighted in making Hannah's life miserable by her verbal and emotional abuse. But Hannah never retaliated in the same spirit nor did she take her case to the Courts of men but she appealed to the Courts of Heaven where God the Righteous Judge presides over every case.
Hannah knew that she wasn't the only one who had problems, as saw that God had a problem. The nation of Israel, God's people was led into apostacy by corrupt religious leaders. Therefore she was inspired by the Spirit of God to enter into earnest Prayer for a son that would faithfully serve God all his life and would take away her problem of being childless.
God knew that Hannah could trusted, so He gave her a son called Samuel. She trained him from the womb to love and obey God, and when he was weaned and very young she left him in the care of the Temple priests to serve God. She prayed daily that her son would remain faithful to God and as she made his priestly robes every stitch was accompanied by a Mother's Prayer, indeed she covered him with her prayers. God heard and answered the prayers of her heart and tears.
Her son the Prophet Samuel is recognised as one of the greatest Prophets of God, he started the School of the Prophets to train the nation of Israel to love, worship and obey the only true God and the heart of the nation turned to God because of Samuel's faithful ministry.
So whatever your circumstances may be please join us on Prayers of Hope and see how God can turn your challenges into a great blessing.
Prayers Of Hope
Hosted by: Sharon Scott
Aired: Saturday 26 March 2022 7am-9am