THE GREAT EXCHANGE
Read 1 Samuel 1: 1-18
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known to God. And the peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We were miles from the nearest town. With the low-fuel
warning light on in my car and two mountains to cross, I
prayed, “Our cell phones don’t work out here, and we’re two
young women who don’t want to walk these roads in the dark.
Please help us arrive safely.” After I prayed, I continued to
worry until we reached our destination safely.
Later, when I read about Hannah’s prayer, I thought about
our trip and my prayer. Her prayer showed me that I had
missed out on one of the benefits of praying. Hannah had
made her request to God, and “then . . . went on her way,
ate some food, and wasn’t sad any longer” (ceb). Hannah
released her anxiety to God and found peace even before God
answered her. In contrast, I didn’t fully release my worry until
after God had answered my prayer and we had arrived safely
at the next town. Rather than thanking God for hearing my
prayer and trusting that an answer would come, I continued
to worry until I’d seen the outcome.
Hannah’s story taught me that one of the great gifts of
prayer is knowing that God will answer, even if we don’t know
when or how. When we pray, we can immediately thank
God for the answer that will
come. Doing so can allow
us to let go of our concerns
and begin to accept the
peace God offers us.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for answering our prayers and
for your peace that guards our minds and hearts. Amen.
Bethany Hayes (Oregon)
Prayer Focus: TO PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING
— Philippians 4: 6-7 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Through prayer God takes my
worry and offers me peace.