What makes an amazing woman of God?
A few weeks ago, a woman’s group asked if I would come speak for a brunch they were having. They had themed the meeting “Amazing Women.” It was exciting to see all the information they had gathered, not only about the great women of God, but also the great women throughout history. Pictures and synopses of women such as Amelia Arehart and Rosa Parks were on display and it was lots of fun to see and read through their accomplishments.
As I was thinking about what God would have me speak about, I was led to point out the characteristics of an amazing woman of God. After all, I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel very amazing most days. Yet, I wonder how many of the Biblical women we study now actually felt they were amazing? Even if we don’t feel amazing, we can still be amazing women of God. God showed me four areas that we, as women today, can follow the example of our biblical sisters and seek to be amazing women of God.
The first characteristic of an amazing woman of God is prayer. Hannah is certainly a beautiful example of a woman who was considered an amazing woman of God and she was a woman of prayer. Her story is found in 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11. She would have never described herself as amazing. In fact, she felt that she was a substandard woman at best. Childless, she prayed to God to hear her and provide her with a child. She was so fervent in her praying that she was mistaken for a drunk at the temple and she defended herself to the priest Eli in verse 16 of 1 Samuel 1.
“Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him.”
Once Hannah explained herself, Eli immediately recognized that she was a fervent prayer warrior. He proclaimed that she was to walk in peace and he echoed her prayer that God would grant her request.
When we look at our lives and our situation, do we see obstacles to prayer or opportunities to pray? Hannah’s situation could have easily been seen as a punishment from God and she could have turned her back on God and refused to call out to Him, thinking that since God seemed to have abandoned her, she would abandon God. Yet she didn’t. She saw this as an opportunity to pour out her heart and soul to God. She fervently, whole-heartedly, fell on her face before God and begged Him to hear her.
Do we have that level of passion and commitment to prayer?
The part I love the most about this story though is found in 1 Samuel 2:1-11. How many of us, once God answers our prayers just moves on and forgets to praise God for His answer? Not Hannah. Those 11 verses are dedicated to a beautiful and just as heart-felt prayer as the one that she prayed requesting a son.
An amazing woman of God is a woman of prayer. She prays in the difficulties and she prays during the blessings. She takes everything to God and holds nothing back from Him. We can learn so much from her prayerful example of as we seek to be an amazing woman of God.
We’ll look at the remaining three characteristics over the next several weeks and don’t forget to share this with all the amazing women you know!
Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
Living in the World – Living out the Word
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