I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked Him for, I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives he is given to the Lord: Then he bowed in worship to the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1:27-28 HCSB
God has answered so many of my prayers and blessed me in so many ways. My daughters and daughter-in-law each had complications with their pregnancies. I prayed faithfully for them and for my grandchildren, asking God to bring healthy babies into the world and that the mothers would have an easy delivery. God has blessed me with five wonderful and healthy grandchildren, three years of age and younger. This is just one example of how God has answered my prayers.
Hannah affirmed that she prayed that the Lord would give her a son and that God had answered that prayer with the birth of Samuel. Sometimes we are surprised that God answers our prayers. At other times we wonder why God has not answered our prayers. God answers prayers with three answers: yes, no, and wait. Too many times when we get the answer of “no” or “wait” we feel that God has not answered, when in fact He has answered but perhaps not in the manner we had hoped.
Challenge: Present your requests before the Lord. Accept the answers of “no” and “wait”. If God says, “No” then he has something better for you. If He says, “Wait,” then the timing is not right and you need to be patient and wait for God’s answer in God’s time. Always pray that God’s will be done in every situation.