Prayer of Anguish

Sermon from CCM:Kingsway

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This sermon was preached by Tim Simmonds at the CCM Kingsway site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 14th October 2018.

SERIES

 

This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Burnage in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:

BIBLE VERSES

This sermon was based on 1 Samuel 1:1-20

The Birth of Samuel

1There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. 2He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord4On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. 5But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. 6And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 8And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”
9After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord10She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”

12As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” 15But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord16Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 17Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” 18And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.

 

19They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord.”

 

KEY POINTS

Hannah is Not in a Good Place

  • Hannah was childless, mocked and provoked by others and her husband does not understand.
  • Hannah’s heart was broken, she was experiencing bitterness, deep sadness, perhaps even hopelessness and depression
  • Hannah was isolated and tempted to find her identity in things other than God, in romance and love or in societies view of her.

How Does Hannah Pray When Life is Awful?

  • She approaches God. She goes to pray even though it causes her pain and she is mocked and misunderstood in doing it!
  • She prays her pain. Hannah is honest with God about how she feels and she calls on him to remember her.
  • She reminds God of their relationship. She humbles herself as his servant and reminds him that she is committed to him and he to her.
  • She commits her most precious desire to God. This is a hard thing for her to do and she doesn’t take it lightly.

What Happens After Hannah Prays?

  • Hannah’s heart changes. She wants what God wants, she becomes a ‘Kingdom First’ person.
  • Peace comes even thought the situation hasn’t changed. Hannah’s heart is no longer sad, she doesn’t give in to the temptation of bitterness, her eyes have been lifted to see the bigger picture.
  • God moves. Hannah falls pregnant, God shows himself in the ordinary things of life. The ordinary then becomes extraordinary because Hannah has given it to God, Samuel becomes God’s prophet and the one who anoints kings.

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