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1 Samuel 1:10-11 (KJV)
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. 11And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
Normal prayer of faith without vow gets answer from God, however there are peculiar instances when vow makes the difference in prayer. Example: Hannah for a long time has been going to Shiloh to offer prayers for a son, but she got the result it appeared the year she added a vow in prayer; she vowed to give her son back to God. God recognizes such vows and He gave a miraculous answer to her prayer
Another man called Jephtae made a dangerous vow to God when he was facing a difficult battle. Out of his desperation and fear of defeat, he promised to offer to God if given victory in battle whatever came out to welcome. Unfortunately it was his only daughter that came to welcome him home. He kept the vow.
We are to be careful before we make our vows to God because he expected us to keep them. Unpaid vows and unkept promises can close down the heaven over a person
What roles vows play in our prayer?
It acts like a catalyst to prayer to get a sure answer.
It often forms a basis of pleading one’s case before God Ps. 51:11-15
It stimulates and elevates faith in God
It is also a way of giving thanks to God after the answer. Ps. 50:14-15
Lord remind any unpaid vows, unkept promises in my past that may hold down my future.
Lord, let the heavens over my life open and rain abundance
I receive your favor, mercy and blessings through out 2015