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There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:2

Desperate. Tormented. Mocked. Ridiculed. Perhaps you have felt like that when you have been as desperate for a miracle as Hannah was.

Imagine Hannah’s pain. Her husband’s other wife, Peninnah, mocked and ridiculed her because she had no children. It was bad enough to be childless in her day when childbearing gave women value. But then to be tormented by this woman who had borne sons to Hannah’s own husband was too much. Her grief was great.

She poured her heart out to God, and he answered her prayer and gave her a son. Her pain was transformed to joy. Hannah had made a promise to God in her hour of anguish, as many people do, and she kept her promise when he granted her heart’s desire. She dedicated her son to God and gave him up to be raised and trained for God’s service in the temple at Shiloh.

When have you experienced an answer to a desperate prayer? Was your response praise and thanksgiving? Did you freely give back to God what he had so graciously given to you; or did you clutch it to yourself, now that you finally had what you had longed for?

In Hannah’s prayer of praise, she acknowledged the true source of her deliverance. She praised God’s holiness and protection. And she lifted up her precious son and returned him to God.

God has given us so much. Too often, we forget what God has done for us, or we simply take him for granted. This day look for his answers, and like Hannah, give him praise.

God, I thank you for …
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