Paul Dhinakaran

Answered prayers

Dr. Paul Dhinakaran
01 Aug
My precious friend, it's a great joy to bring you God's promise for this month. The Lord has been gracious to carry us through the past months. The Scripture says, “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:22&23) How true these words are! Let us be thankful to God for His mercy and protection. The promise word for the month of August is taken from I Samuel 1:17. “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him.”

These are the words of the high priest, Eli, spoken to a woman called Hannah. She did not have children. Her husband loved her very much, but she did not conceive at all. Therefore, her husband’s other wife humiliated her and made fun of her. Hannah’s heart was broken. When her husband and she along with her husband’s other wife went to the temple of God to fulfill God’s commandments, Hannah ran alone to the tabernacle and poured out her heart in the presence of God. She could not bear her sorrow and humiliation, yet she did not open her mouth or cry aloud. She was praying in her heart and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. The Bible tells, “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7)
As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her and thought she was drunk. He was angry and confronted her. Hannah said “I am not drunk but filled with sorrow. I was pouring out my soul to the Lord, praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” It is at this time, Eli the high priest says, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” (I Samuel 1:17) We see three attributes of God revealed in this verse. Yes! He is a God who answers your prayers, grants what you ask for and makes you enjoy every blessing in peace. This is what God is going to do for you this month.
Loving Father,

I thank You Lord for this month’s word of blessing. As You bless my family and me, help us to use our lives to declare Your wonders to others. Even in this month, I dedicate myself to Your will. Give me the grace to fulfill my covenant in Your presence. I give You all the glory for Your blessings upon me this month.

In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.

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