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1 Samuel 1:27 NIV 
2020-02-23Written by Bob and Debby Gass
We all have desires and things we want to happen in our lives. Maybe we want to get into a certain university or career path. Maybe we want a relationship or a house. Maybe we want the opportunity to use and develop the skills God's given to us. In the Bible, we're introduced to Hannah. She wanted to be a mother so badly that she 'prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly' (v.10 NIV). In fact, she made a vow to God, pledging that if He gave her a son, she would 'give him to the LORD for all the days of his life' (v.11 NIV). And it happened. The Bible says that Hannah 'became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked the LORD for him"' (v.20 NIV). God knows we have desires for things, and He wants us to bring those desires to Him. In Psalm 37, we're told to: 'Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart' (v.4 NIV). Sometimes God gives us the things we're desperately asking Him for, but sometimes He doesn't. There isn't a set formula we need to follow to get Him to give us what we're asking for. The truth is, God knows what we need and what will be best for us. We have desires for certain things, but they're not always the best thing for us. He loves us so much that He only wants the best things in our lives. It can be really hard when we've been praying for something for a long time, and God doesn't seem to be doing anything. But we need to keep bringing it to Him in prayer, and keep seeking His will for our lives.
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