Although the story of Hannah, mother of Samuel, is over 3,000 years old, it is still fresh and applicable to the lives of believers in contemporary society. As a result, the speaker on the prayer line of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l made Hannah’s story her focal point in her deliberations this morning.
Titling her topic, “Ignore the Penninahs in Your Life,” Ms. Michelle Tchatat counseled participants to ignore those who mock, ridicule, scorn, even excoriate others for what they perceive as shortcomings in the lives of those they make subjects of their cruelty. Informed by Samuel 1: 1-20, Ms. Tchatat noted, ”Hannah was provoked and mocked by Penninah because of her childlessness. Have you ever been scorned and ridiculed? God shut Hannah’s womb because he wanted her to have a son and dedicate it to him in order to glorify his name. But, as the Bible says, Penninah mocked her all the time.”
However, Hannah who was loved by Elkannah more than Penninah, never lost faith in God. She persevered by praying to God, promising him that if he gave her a son, she would dedicate it to him the rest of his life and he wouldn’t cut his hair to make it a symbol of God’s glorification and adoration. Hannah became a constant visitor to Eli, who was the chief priest of Israel at the time. On one such visit, Hannah was kneeling and praying to the point of a soliloquy because only her lips were in motion without the words being heard, so Eli taught she was intoxicated and mumbling to herself and probably the daughter of Belial, one of the devil’s chief agents.
Eventually, Hannah gave birth to Samuel, who was dedicated to God during Eli’s priesthood, and he became God’s messenger, who chose David among his twelve brothers to become the king of Israel after singlehandedly killing Goliath albeit with the help of God. “In light of this, you need to realize that when you are facing problems, don’t be discouraged. Leave everything in the hands of God; he is the author and finisher of your faith. Hannah, with all her bitterness, sorrow, and heartache didn’t cry but looked up to the Lord for a solution to her problem, and God heard her,” noted Sister Michelle.
She continued: “When you pray, pray like you mean it by putting your heart and soul into it and as if your life depends on it because that’s when your miracles would happen. When you are in difficulty, ignore your Penninahs because they are there to discourage you. When God created you, he saw in you a reason for his name to be glorified. Only he can take you from level of glory to another, so always remember your creator and pray.”
In response, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap said, among other things, “Don’t ever say God already knows what I am going through so you will sit down and do nothing about your situation. In her supplication, Hannah sought the face of God and he answered her. Any time we make bad decisions, we should have the courage and faith to pray. God is faithful and always has answers to our problems. Your miracle will come if you put your feet down and pray fervently,” said the man of God.
Earlier, the pastor prayed for the forces of darkness and principalities to be defeated in the midst of participants because wherever the people of God assemble becomes the hunting ground for the devil. He lamented the fact that because of the need for survival, there are many who can’t spend time with their families because they over-work themselves to put food on the table and pay the bills. For such people, he prayed for liberation, even as he prayed for healing, deliverance, success, and peace of mind for all. Pastor Ntap also quoted from Matt. 11: 27-30
Remember to join the prayer line next week from 5 to 6 a.m. Speakers of French can join tomorrow at the same time by dialing 1-302-202-1108 with access code 165038. Sunday is pastors’ celebration day and on November 23, the choir will perform in a concert, all to glorify Christ. Come and witness the skills of Mr. Chapo as he leads the choir to a night of rhythmic music.
Samuel O. Doku