The following five points are intended to take you through a rhythm of prayer, in order to help you pray for children and young people, as inspired by Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:1-28
1.Barren Yet Blessed
But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 1 Samuel 1:5
Having read all of 1 Samuel Chap. 1, think about a young person’s situation where breakthrough would feel like fruitfulness following a season of barrenness. Maybe someone who is without God, someone who is seeking God, or someone who is facing a desperate situation. First, give thanks for the blessings God has already granted in that situation.
2. Weep Bitterly
“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” 1 Samuel 1:15-16
Ask God to break your heart like Hannah’s was broken. Pour out your heart to God over this young person.
3. Purposeful Plea
And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:11
Pray that God will reveal His purpose for this young person, and that they would know the joy of joining with God’s world-saving, transformational masterplan. Following Hannah’s example, our prayer should come with a heartfelt desire to see new birth in God’s Kingdom bringing young lives of fruitful devotion to serve Him, not simply to serve our own need of encouragement & a few younger faces in our church services!
4. Oppose the Rival
This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 1 Samuel 1:7
Pray against the schemes of the Enemy. The Enemy will lie to us and say that God is not powerful enough to redeem young people’s lives, steal our hope and tell us the lie that God’s Bride is barren. In this spiritual warfare, go to battle for this young person.
5. Eyes up!
Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why donʼt you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”… Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:8, 17
Just as Elkanah reminded Hannah how valuable he was to her, let us remember how important God is to us. Now that we have fought for this young person in anguish and poured out our hearts, let us go in peace, and lift our eyes to the God who has the power to redeem.
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