Morning & Evening Devotional 19th Tuesday September 19 2023

Morning & Evening Devotional 19th Tuesday September 19 2023

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Morning & Evening Devotional 19th Tuesday September 19 2023

Evening Devotional – September 19th

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:27 (KJV) “For this child I prayed.”

The story of Hannah in the book of 1 Samuel is a beautiful testimony of the power of prayer and God’s faithfulness. Hannah was barren and deeply distressed because she longed for a child. She poured out her heart in prayer at the tabernacle, and God heard her cry.

When her son Samuel was born, she gave him back to the Lord, fulfilling her vow. Her prayerful dedication of Samuel’s life to God reminds us of the importance of surrendering our most precious blessings to the Lord’s care.

In this verse, Hannah’s words reflect her gratitude and joy for the child she had prayed for so earnestly. She recognized that Samuel was a gift from God, a direct answer to her prayers, and a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

As you reflect on this verse, consider the significance of the children in your life, whether they are your own biological children, adopted children, or those you have influenced through teaching or mentoring. Take a moment to thank God for the gift of children and the privilege of guiding them in their faith journey.


Evening Thought

Devout souls delight to look upon those mercies which they have obtained in answer to supplication, for they can see God’s especial love in them. When we can name our blessings Samuel, that is, “asked of God,” they will be as dear to us as her child was to Hannah. Peninnah had many children, but they came as common blessings unsought in prayer: Hannah’s one heaven-given child was dearer far, because he was the fruit of earnest pleadings. How sweet was that water to Samson which he found at “the well of him that prayed!” Quassia cups turn all waters bitter, but the cup of prayer puts a sweetness into the draughts it brings. Did we pray for the conversion of our children? How doubly sweet, when they are saved, to see in them our own petitions fulfilled! Better to rejoice over them as the fruit of our pleadings than as the fruit of our bodies. Have we sought of the Lord some choice spiritual gift? When it comes to us it will be wrapped up in the gold cloth of God’s faithfulness and truth, and so be doubly precious. Have we petitioned for success in the Lord’s work? How joyful is the prosperity which comes flying upon the wings of prayer! It is always best to get blessings into our house in the legitimate way, by the door of prayer; then they are blessings indeed, and not temptations. Even when prayer speeds not, the blessings grow all the richer for the delay; the child Jesus was all the more lovely in the eyes of Mary when she found him after having sought him sorrowing. That which we win by prayer we should dedicate to God, as Hannah dedicated Samuel. The gift came from heaven, let it go to heaven. Prayer brought it, gratitude sang over it, let devotion consecrate it. Here will be a special occasion for saying, “Of thine own have I given unto thee.” Reader, is prayer your element or your weariness? Which?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the precious gift of children. Just as Hannah prayed for Samuel and dedicated him to You, I pray for the children in my life. May they grow in Your wisdom, grace, and love. Help me to guide and nurture them according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

May this devotional remind you of the importance of prayer and the blessings of children in our lives. Just as Hannah prayed for Samuel, let us lift up the children in our care in prayer and dedicate them to the Lord’s purposes.



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