Whenever you ask for something from God, you should make HIM a promise of what you are going to do after your prayer has been answered. Hannah, the mother of Samuel made an oath that she would give her son to the Lord. The Lord gave her a son who later became a great prophet in Israel. I Samuel 1:10-11
“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant and remember me, and not forget your maidservant, but will give your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head“.
The Lord like any other person wants benefits from every plea posed in front of Him. Many single ladies are prayerful but once they are in a relationship, they tend to forget the Lord. One can actually miss a church service because of a date. If you were the Lord, would you have that person get married and totally forget about you? Numbers 30:2 says;
“If a man vows a vow unto the Lord, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth”.
As a single lady, as you pray for your groom, you need to make an oath to the Lord. Tell Him clearly how He would benefit from giving you your desires. Genesis 28:20: 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Jacob made an oath to God and he was heard. The good thing is Jacob did not break his word. Christians nowadays have a tendency of praying only when they need something from God. When all is well, they hardly pray or even attend a church service. Whenever one wants to make an oath before the Lord, make sure you are willing to honour it. Judges 11:30-31;
“Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, “If you will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.”
Jephthath ended up sacrificing his only daughter. Therefore be very careful of the oaths you make. Ladies have a tendency of asking God for what they want and not the will of the Lord. This is the same scenario with what happened to Jephthath. Let me give you an example. A single lady can ask God to make her become Joseph’s wife whilst God wants her to marry Peter. That’s when you end up suffering in that marriage.
By Leah Muyenge