1 Sam 1:10-11 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 …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.” NKJV
Gen 30:1 Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” NKJV
I remember my wife was having complications keeping her pregnancies from miscarrying. After losing three pregnancies she began to become desperate before the Lord, crying out for children. There was a God given desire to have children down deep in her soul that most women can relate to. Rachel and also Hannah was in this same place in her life. She began to cry out to the Lord for a child.
As Christians it’s in our DNA to have spiritual children. God said to replenish the earth to His creation in Genesis and also Jesus commanded those that followed Him, “Go make disciples”. The church has become dormant and impotent not bringing forth spiritual children. Therefore we must get to a place of getting desperate for spiritual children. Crying out to the Lord as Hannah did.
Producing spiritual offspring in the body of Christ can be tough. It’s much like a woman in labor… its WORK! There’s a time in the labor process that most women I have talked to say, they feel like giving up. I remember when my wife was in labor with our oldest daughter, that that point came where she was insistent on getting this baby out of her. She couldn’t take it anymore, it was a rigorously tough. That’s why they call it labor! The nurse came in and coached her to push hard in the next couple of minutes because the baby was ready to come out. She wanted to quit and go home, but that wasn’t a real option so she followed the instruction of the nurse and within the hour we had our first daughter. It was such a great day our first child. But, it didn’t come without desperation, agonizing pain and laboring work.
It’s much the same way for spiritual children in our midst. It takes time, patience, endurance and a tenacious spirit in prayer. Many times we don’t understand the strongholds and the warfare that resists the harvest of souls and God’s purposes coming to fruition in our midst.
- Have we gotten to a place that we are as serious and desperate as Rachel or Hannah?
- Is it really at the fore front of our mind or just a passing thought?
- It will be work and take a desperate cry to the Lord
Are we willing to pray the price? Not quitting when it gets tough and we get tired. Hannah refused to quit and it says, “…in the process of time” She produced not just one but three sons and two daughters.
Let’s become Desperate for Souls and His purposes!