The prayers of the Righteous

1Sam 1-3 The book of Ruth ushered us into the realm of the righteous by one who decided to follow God based upon the witness and life of her in-laws, especially her righteous mother-in-law Naomi. Was it her life or her prayers that spoke to Ruth’s heart? We don’t know, but we do know that Ruth willingly forsook her homeland and the idols of Moab to encounter the Lord of Hosts, Yahweh.

Fast forward to 1 Samuel, where we meet another righteous woman, Hannah. She is the epitome of the words of James: “The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.” [James 5:16] She is an example to us when we face criticism for our prayer walk. God blessed her and gave her the desire of her heart in the birth of Samuel and then, beyond that, more children.

Today determine to be a prayer warrior!

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