Posted on 02/02/2014 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust
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I LOVE TO BE IN YOUR PRESENCE
I love to be in Your presence
With Your people singing praises
I love to stand and rejoice
Lift my hands and raise my voice
You set my feet to dancing
You fill my heart with song
You give me reason to rejoice
I WILL BLESS THE LORD AT ALL TIMES
I will bless the Lord at all times
I will bless the Lord at all times
His praise shall continually
be in my mouth
I LOVE YOU LORD
I love you, Lord
and I lift my voice
To worship You
O my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
in what You hear
Let it be a sweet,
sweet sound in Your ear
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Father God, thank You for this time in Your presence. I ask that You bless this time here. I ask that my words would be Yours. May You receive all the glory that is due You. In the name that is above all names...the name that we call upon in our distress...the beautiful name...in the name of Jesus I pray all these things, Amen!
Please be seated.
Today's fireside chat is called Silent Prayer. I want us to go on a journey together. Right now, I'm not sure how this will go, but I hope it speaks to someone here.
Today's scripture comes from 1 Samuel chapter 1 verses 9-20. It reads:
9 So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 11 Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”
12 And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth.13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14 So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!”
15 But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.16 “Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.”
17 Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”
18 And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
Samuel Is Born and Dedicated
19 Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”
Today, I am not going to talk about Hannah's grief over not having a child, and then obtaining her desire. Today, is not about that. Today, I want to go to verse 15.
But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.
Hannah poured out her soul before the Lord. She did not speak with her voice, but with her heart. God heard her silent prayer.
Are there things that you just can't voice in front of others? Do you believe since you can't voice them that God can't hear your silent prayers?
He can! He can hear those silent things, those things only spoke in your heart. He hears them and He understands.
Part of verse 7 of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 says A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
I think that verse can be used here. There are times when we need to pray silently or we wish to only allow God to hear our plea, our request, our heart's desire.
Is there something that you may be asking God in silence? Don't give up! God hears those things even if no one else can! He hears you. He hears you. He hears you.
I know this is very short. Maybe you might be unsure about all this. All this silent prayer stuff. Would you like to take a challenge? Pray for something that only YOU know about. Pray in silence. See what God does.
Maybe there are some here that have never accepted Jesus. This is your chance. I won't force you. It's your choice. That's something you don't want to wait to do for too long. There will come a time when waiting will be too late. Don't be too late in accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. Do it today. Do it now. What are you waiting for?
Yes, this was short. I think that today...I think God is calling us to a time of silent prayer. Come kneel here at the altar and pray in silence for a time. Let your petitions, your prayers, be heard from your heart.
God is faithful. He will hear you from heaven and answer in His time, in His way.
You can leave whenever you need to, and if you can stay after you're done with your silent prayers with God, you're invited to meet with us in the room to your left for a time of fellowship. If you need someone to talk or pray with you about something, instant message one of us or click Prayer Room or Pastors' Offices on our website at almcyberchurch.org.
I want to close with this. Let the presence of God fill your being. Let Him minster to you in your silent prayers. May His hand be upon You. May His glory be revealed. May His kingdom come here as it is in heaven.
After this time at the altar, we will have a time of fellowship in the room to your left. Come and join us.
When you need to leave, please do so reverently. May God bless you this week. Go in His peace.