When Hannah had experienced God’s goodness in giving her a son (Samuel) in answer to her prayer, she poured out her heart in thanks (1 Samuel Chapter 2:1-10). And not only that, but Hannah proved the genuineness of her gratitude by giving the young child back to God for His service in the Temple – a very generous act of unselfishness. In other words, Hannah’s thanks were made extra meaningful by her willingness to make a sacrifice: God’s gift to her found a response in her gift to God.

We often pray for things; but do we remember to thank God if and when our prayer is answered? The expression of thanks is an act of recognition of benefits received. So how do we feel when a generous deed we may have done to someone else goes unacknowledged? Do we feel disappointed, or perhaps even hurt? All the more reason, then, for us to be lavish in our thanks to God when He gives us what we have prayed for. And perhaps we, too, should be prepared to give God more than just the sacrifice of our lips…