9 One time, after eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah got up and presented herself before the Lord. (Now Eli the priest was sitting in the chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple.) 10 Hannah was very upset and couldn’t stop crying as she prayed to the Lord. 11 Then she made this promise: “Lord of heavenly forces, just look at your servant’s pain and remember me! Don’t forget your servant! Give her a boy! Then I’ll give him to the Lord for his entire life. No razor will ever touch his head.” (1 Samuel 1:9-11, Common English Bible).
Reverend Sue Nilson Kibbey defines breakthrough prayer as asking God to intervene in ways we cannot. She challenges people to pray for breakthrough. Her challenges ask Christians to imagine seeing God-sized breakthroughs in difficult situations.
Many have vivid imaginations. Still, no matter imagination, God breakthroughs impact lives. God’s power is greater than human imagination. God’s plans are greater than our imagination.
Betty owned a horse farm. She rescued wild mustangs having difficulty in the desert. She gentled them and put up for adoption. Horse ranching isn’t easy or cheap. Betty’s husband Chuck is a trucker and he subsidized the ranch. They had problems from early marriage.
One mustang, Harpo, had problems. He was a metaphor for Betty and Dave’s marital problems. Her voice steady but weak. Harpo bolted. Time for lunch. Chuck made breakfast. He worked all night and slept in that morning.
They met during Bible study. Chuck was a gentleman, unlike Betty’s experiences. Chuck seemed to like Betty for Betty while dating they talk constantly.
While she was out her ex committed suicide her home. Their children found him, leaving emotional scars. She adopted a lone wolf persona. She warned Chuck. He was patient. Their marriage went bad immediately. He didn’t like her parenting. She thought he spent too much money.
Betty hated Chuck’s road trips. They went for days. Her womanizing father and her mother were always on her mind. During trips, she investigated financial data, she found nothing but kept searching.
Betty still didn’t trust Chuck. He hated it. They argued constantly until talking stopped.
Chuck finished breakfast. Betty made lunch and went outside. Eating er sandwich as she watched Harpo. With other horses, by now she had a hand on the animal. It was over then. The horse trusted her. Not so with Harpo, he didn’t trust her. “Trust me,” Betty whispered.
She stopped cold. Reality time, she didn’t trust Chuck, never had. He didn’t love her, or so she thought. He had plenty of reasons to go but he was still here.
Their last phone call, she yelled, “Why don’t you leave? You want to.” He said, “We need help,” the call ended. Betty was scared. Had she given him an idea?
Betty never saw Chuck pray. Prayer matters in our families. Today’s lesson is a story about the prayers of one woman. Hannah was childless. A Biblical-era woman’s identity, person-hood was tied to her father, husband, and children. A blessed woman had sons. Hannah had neither. Her husband Elkinah had two wives, Hannah and Pinnenah. Pinnenah had children and sons. She taunted Hannah mercilessly.
Hannah was sad. She wanted children. She wanted God’s blessing. After eating she prayed at the tabernacle.
Eli watched Hannah pray. First, he thought her drunk but she wasn’t and asks God to answer her.
Hannah’s prayer asks for God’s blessing, a son. If God blesses her, she will give that son back to God. If she prayed for herself, she wouldn’t give him back to God? Hannah asks for “breakthrough prayer.” She wants change in her family. She wanted life-altering change. She needed divine intervention. She got it. She got Samuel, eventually God got him back.
Breakthrough prayer happens. Ask God to break through for families will change lives.
Betty didn’t know Chuck had prayed for her. He prayed for breakthrough in Betty’s life. He knew he had faults, even in their relationship. He knew Betty needed to trust. Chuck wasn’t her father or her ex. He wasn’t leaving and needed Betty to know she could trust him. He prayed for years.
Breakthrough came in Betty’s corral. She saw Harpo. “Trust me,” she whispered looking into his eyes. She understood his fear. She was scared.
Betty feared Chuck didn’t love her and would leave. Mostly she feared giving God control. She thought God failed her, why trust now?
She stared at Harpo. She wondered about her misunderstanding. After 20 years, Chuck’s still here. He said they needed help… Could they fix this? What signs had she missed?
She and Harpo were alone, but she heard echoing of her words to Harpo, “Trust Me.” She repeated them to Harpo and stepped toward him. Again, again, until she had her hand on Harpo’s shoulder. He didn’t move. The beginning of trust.
Betty realized if she wanted her marriage to work, she had to trust. She and Chuck saw their pastor for help, then marriage counseling. They found Bible study. It wasn’t long before they were in different place. It all started with Chuck’s break through prayer.
Breakthrough prayer can happen for any of us, perhaps not immediately, but in God’s time. For Betty and Chuck, it took years, but it happened.
I don’t know your family situations that need a God-sized breakthrough. I don’t know the situations in my own family. But God knows. That’s what matters.
Have a Blessed Day in the Lord.
Seeking the Genuine,
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