GotMercy Weekly Sermons from Mike Nelson of Mercy Vineyard Church in Raleigh, North Carolina

May 14, 2017  

Scripture:  1st Samuel 1:1-11  The Model of Hannah, a barren woman who wanted to be a mother

Hannah models for us 2 primary characteristics of a Godly woman / mother . . .
#1. She suffers and struggles, longing to have a child and in that struggle she turns to the Lord and pursues Him.  Hannah suffered with the cultural shame of barrenness in her day.  And she suffered at the hands of a tormentor, a thorn in her side -- her husbands' jealous 2nd wife who did have children. But where did she turn?  She turned to persistent prayer.

#2.  Hannah had confidence in her prayers because she knew to Whom she was praying -- The Lord God Almighty!  The Living God Who is able to do all things  And her prayer was simple . . . Lord "remember" me.   This is a great, pregnant word inviting God Almighty to "act on our behalf", to "rescue", to "help".   It's the same word used when God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah promising he will not "remember" the sins of His people ( He will not act to punish them ).   It is the same word uttered by the dying thief on the cross next to Jesus:   "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom"  ( Act on my behalf, save me, forgive me ).   A simple, powerful prayer . . . remember me, God Almighty.

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