“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.”
1 Samuel 27-28
What does the Bible Verse “For this child we have prayed..” mean?
Being a parent is the most unique and difficult job to have in the world. It’s not one you can qualify for with PhDs or a master’s degree; and it most definitely is not for everyone. It’s a role that requires you to be your best self, the shift is 24/7 for the rest of your life, and it also doesn’t come with a manual that has specific instructions for every situation. With parenting, the curveballs never end and sometimes it seems like you can never be prepared for anything!
But it is also the most deeply fulfilling role you can ever take on. If you allow it to, parenting can elevate your character and change you in ways you never thought you could change. It’s a role you can’t take vacations from, but that’s because you are molding a life and raising a functional adult that will one day contribute to society. And this is why you must pray – because that is your most reliable and effective lifeline. When the valleys of darkness and difficulties come - and they will come- prayer is your direct line to God and His rescue.
Background From the Book of 1 Samuel
What is the story behind the words “for this child we have prayed?” Well, no one knows the power of praying for a child the way Hannah did in 1 Samuel. All day, every single day, she spent time in the temple of the Lord weeping and praying for a child. She was in a darkness so deep because of her longing. The people around her minimized her because of her infertility – a thing she couldn’t even control. She called out to God, desperately asking for a child to call her own.
Until Eli, the priest of the temple, took notice of the downtrodden woman. At first he mistook her for a drunk, but upon hearing her story and seeing her anguish, God spoke to Eli. Eli told Hannah that her prayers would soon be answered, and she can go home expectant and in peace.
Before long, Hannah became pregnant with child, just as God had promised. She sang praises unto the Lord, and, overwhelmed with gratitude and love. She named her child Samuel, and upon weaning him, she stayed true to her word and brought him back to the temple, offering his life to God.
“For this child we have prayed.” That’s the power behind those words. And that’s why we need to cover our children in prayer all the days of our lives.
“For this child we have prayed” 1 Samuel 1:27-28
Every child is a blessing. Every child is created by God with a purpose, a plan. There are no “accidental” kids, because God will not let them come into being without a life ahead of them. And it is our duty, as parents, to love them, prepare them, surround them with the promises of God. It is in our home that they first learn about purpose, about the love of Jesus, about what it means to worship and fear God. They learn to pray from us, they learn how to talk to God through us, and we need to take this training as seriously as we possibly can. As every child is a gift from God, we have to remember to dedicate them back to Him.
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