Hannah was a most ordinary person, who stepped in to extraordinary abundance. She has a message for us in 2011!
A Scripture leaped in my heart as I thought about 2011… “You crown the year with Your goodness and Your paths drip with abundance.” (Psalm 65:11)
“You” refers to Jesus. Because of Him, we have the right to walk in God’s “goodness” and “abundance” in 2011. My thoughts went to a woman in a terrible predicament. It seemed like absolutely nothing had gone right in her life, and yet she stepped into “goodness” and “abundance”. I am talking about Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel.
1. Hannah was an ordinary person.
Through Hannah God would raise up a deliverer to bless Israel. She seemed so ordinary, but remember, God uses ordinary people. That was true for Simon Peter, for Paul and Abraham. It is true for Peter Youngren, and it is true for you.
2. Hannah was in desperate need.
In some way she seemed even less than ordinary. Hannah was barren, a dreaded curse for Hebrew women… mocked and embarrassed. We read, “And she was in bitterness of soul and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.” (I Samuel 1:10)
3. Hannah prayed fervently.
“Now Hannah spoke in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.” (I Samuel 1:13) There is a prayer that comes from deep inside, there’s not a sound, but we pray in our spirit.
Sometimes it means just being still and hearing God’s voice inside of us. When we pray, the most important thing is not that we repeat our prayer needs to God, but that we focus on what Jesus has done. That’s how the Grace Prayer Center works – we draw from what Jesus has provided for YOU!
4. Hannah gave the most precious gift she had to God.
Even before little Samuel was born Hannah pledged: “I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life.” (I Samuel 1:11) She had wept bitter tears for ten years… but instead of holding on, she released the son which God would give to her.
You see, this ordinary woman really understood sowing and reaping, that “those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalm 126:5)
5. Hannah sowed a seed in her time of greatest need.
She didn’t wait for the “perfect time”, when everything was just right. Hannah sowed a seed in her time of need. Why would we do such a thing? We do it, because God’s grace has been revealed to us.
In her fervent prayer time, Hannah caught a glimpse of God’s greatness. The same happened to the Macedonians, who in great need abounded “out of their deep poverty” to release a generous seed.
This is what motivates the partners of World Impact Ministries – we have caught a glimpse of God’s grace.
6. Hannah believed her word from God.
“Go in peace and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” (I Samuel 1:17) Nothing had changed on the outside. Her circumstances were as bad as ever, but Hannah believed she already had her miracle.
In spite of deep pain, Hannah embraced her promise. Take a hold of your word from God in 2011, “You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance” (Ps. 65:11).
Hear it! Believe it! Receive it!
7. Hannah’s blessings kept coming.
When I think of Hannah I can’t help but think of God’s promise to do “exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think”. (Ephesians 3:20) Here is what happened:
First, there were blessings beyond imagination. She kept having children, sons and daughters, in abundance.
Secondly, there was supernatural joy. Hannah, who had grieved over ten years suddenly had the joy of the Lord.
Thirdly, Hannah stepped in to her destiny.
I see these blessings for every partner and friend of World Impact Ministries in 2011. We are reaching millions through the International Gospel Campaigns… literature… missionaries… Bible schools… and television.
This ministry belongs first and foremost to Jesus Christ, who is the Lord of the Harvest. Then it belongs to each and every partner.
The first few weeks of the month of January are of critical importance. Great gospel campaigns are coming up in Indonesia, in Cambodia, in India, another one in Pakistan.
We are stepping out in faith. Our hearts are full of love, but our pockets empty. That’s the way it has always been. First God gives the vision to our hearts and then the finances come. What you do over the next two weeks is crucially important!
Please take these thee important steps with me:
Like Hannah, release something precious to God from your hand. You ultimately decide your seed offering for 2011, but don’t make the decision on your own, talk to the Lord. The Holy Spirit will direct you!
Ask for the amazing 4 CD “live” teaching album “Breaking Free From a Limited Life”.
Your prayer requests are always welcome. Remember that we pray in the light of what Jesus Christ has already provided for you.
The moment that changes everything is the moment we take action. Hannah’s moment was when she released her son to God. Believe God’s promise for a year crowned with “goodness” and for paths that “drip with abundance.” Then take action and sow your seed for souls in 2011.
Thank you for saying “yes” to this opportunity.
Together in Jesus,
P.S. As you view this letter my representative, Pastor Dave Imler is in Pakistan and India laying the ground work for two more Gospel Campaigns. Thank you for letting me know of your partnership.Give Your Best Seed HereMy Prayer Request