May 14 - Prayer - Questions/thoughts - Verses

Heavenly Father, how often our decisions cause us to be distracted from You and the call You place o us. How often I have allowed myself to not only cause grief for myself, but impact those around me in ways I didn't intend. Help me to focus on what You have for me to do so I don't cause others to fall while failing to be obedient myself.

Thank You for Your forgiveness so even when I do mess up, You are ready to pick me up, brush me off and help me get through the storms ahead. The storms of my own making. What a forgiving and amazing God You are.
In Jesus' name.

Hagar was a piece of property and had no choice but to obey Sarai and Abram. The sin they committed brought about this situation, and here Hagar is a homeless, pregnant woman with no one to lean on.
God showed compassion on her and sent an angel to her to give her hope and instruction to go back to Sarai and submit to her.
Hagar was also told what to name her son and given harsh news about what her son would be like. Despite this difficult revelation, she was obedient.
This young lady was truly facing a struggle. Has there been a season in your life that you found yourself in a difficult struggle, not of your own doing?
How did God walk with you through it or did you choose to fight your own battle?

Genesis 16:7-16
The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” 11 And the angel of the Lord said to her,
“Behold, you are pregnant
and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
because the Lord has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone's hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.


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