February 3, 2019
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:27,28
From Our “Here”…
With her husband and son — the future second and sixth presidents of the United States — on a diplomatic mission to France, Abigail Adams wrote to son John Quincy Adams in 1780 of her joy at their safely completed sea voyage.
“Your letter … soon gave ease to my anxiety, at the same time that it excited gratitude and thankfulness to Heaven, for the preservation you all experienced in the imminent dangers which threatened you. … You have seen how inadequate the aid of man would have been, if the winds and the seas had not been under the particular government of that Being, who ‘stretched out the heavens as a span,’ who ‘holdeth the ocean in the hollow of his hand,’ and ‘rideth upon the wings of the wind.’ ”
On July 16, 1969, the world watched Apollo 11 lift off for the moon. For months Neal Armstrong’s mother, Viola Armstrong, had been praying fervently for her son’s safety and for a successful mission.
“For so long I had been talking with my Lord,” Viola Armstrong later recalled, “and for so long He had been giving me strength. … We all had explicit faith in NASA and our boys, and I had a feeling that our Heavenly Father was the Supreme Commander over all.”
Praying mothers. If you have one, you are blessed in ways you can only partially discern in this life. Heaven’s record will reveal the defeated temptations, averted dangers and outright acts of divine protection that came in response to countless mothers’ prayers through the ages. The same record will reveal the blessing and influence of godly fathers’ prayers for their households.
…To God’s “There”
Hannah, mother of the Old Testament prophet Samuel, was one of Scripture’s most influential parents. She had been unable to have children, and God answered her anguished prayer with the gift of her first son. In time, God would give her three more sons and two daughters.
Hannah’s commitment to God was unwavering, even during her barren years. And when Samuel was born, that commitment took on an added fervor. Hannah dedicated Samuel to service at the tabernacle of God, paving the way for the boy to become Israel’s last ruling judge, the spiritual leader who would anoint Israel’s first two kings.
The story of Hannah is filled with prayer, both of petition and of prophetic power.
Making the Leap
When you commit to pray faithfully for missionaries serving at the ends of the earth, you have the opportunity to agree with them in petitioning God to meet their needs. You also have the privilege of obediently responding to the Holy Spirit’s nudge and praying for them prophetically, envisioning new doors of ministry through which they can go, new avenues of connection with lost souls around them.