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12/28/20 - THIRSTY?

“When you’re thirsty, no one else can drink for you but you.” I heard those words in my spirit on January 23, 2019 as I was dozing off after reading Hannah’s story in 1 Samuel 1 and 2:1-10

“Then Hannah prayed: “My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because You rescued me. No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God. “Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don’t speak with such arrogance! For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done; He will judge your actions. The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong. Those who were well fed are now starving, and those who were starving are now full. The childless woman now has seven children, and the woman with many children wastes away. The Lord gives both death and life; He brings some down to the grave but raises others up. The Lord makes some poor and others rich; He brings some down and lifts others up. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor. For all the earth is the Lord’s, and He has set the world in order. “He will protect His faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone. Those who fight against the Lord will be shattered. He thunders against them from heaven; the Lord judges throughout the earth. He gives power to His king; He increases the strength of His anointed one.”

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭2:1-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This song came after a time of deep longing. But it also shares with us the things she suffered during her time of waiting. Thirsting for a drink of what most women took for granted, even discarding like waste. This gift that her husband’s other wife had enjoyed: children. Hannah endured a lot of taunting from the woman she could not escape. But one day after being accused of being drunk on wine, her thirst was forever quenched. Her thirst was quenched by the anguish of her heart through prayer. Her husband wanted her to get over it and the other woman was a daily reminder of what she thirsted for.

“So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children. Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat. “Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1:6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When you’re thirsty no one else can drink for you. People whose thirst is quenched, lack compassion for those who are thirsty. But there’s Someone who gets your thirsting. And as long as you don’t quit, one day you’ll get the answer you need and you’ll thirst no more. In 1 Samuel 1:19 we find these thirst quenching words. “ And the Lord remembered her.” So for what are you thirsting? You may be misunderstood or even taunted by those who can’t understand the moving of your lips as you pray silently before your Thirst Quencher. But don’t worry. It’s not over.

Sometimes even those closest to you don’t get your thirsting . Elkanah and Eli both didn’t. One suggested he was better than ten sons, the other accused her of being intoxicated, but it was all good- Because the Lord remembers.

“As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!” “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1:12-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

No one else can drink for you when you’re thirsty. Neither can they supply what’s necessary. So have you been at this well, or are you there now? Follow Hannah’s example, risk being judged and ridiculed. Tap into the well of prayer and you too will sing her song.

“ My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong.”

Thirsty? It’s time to pray🙏

Written by permission of the Holy Spirit

W. Tennant

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