From the title you are probably thinking who is Manoah? You may know him better as the father of Samson. In the beginning of Judges 13 we are introduced to Manoah and his wife who was barren (vs. 2). They had no children and it didn’t look like they would ever have children. But one day the angel of the LORD appeared unto Manoah’s wife and told her that she was going to bear a son. The angel also tells her that her son isn’t going to be any regular son but that he is going to be a “Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Can you imagine that, not only are they going to have a son, something they most likely thought would never happen, but their son is going to be used of God greatly to start to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines. Wow! That is just like our God, to use our weaknesses for His honor and glory!
So Manoah’s wife tells him of the wonderful news and Manoah prays to the Lord and says “O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born” (vs. 8). God answers his prayer and the angel of the Lord appears again to the wife and she runs and gets her husband and Manoah said “Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?” (vs. 12). And the angel goes on to tell them of all they should do unto their son since he was going to be a Nazarite and then they prepared a meat offering unto the Lord and “the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar” (vs. 20) When Manoah and his wife saw this they fell on their faces to the ground, and the knew it was an angel from the LORD and the angel appeared no more to them.
Finally, in verse 24 it came to pass “the woman bare a son and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.”
That is basically the story in a nutshell. But what really stuck out to me as I was reading this in my devotions this morning (which is where most of these entries come from, my devos, if you were wondering) was the prayer of Manoah. When he found out from his wife that he was going to be a father, I am guessing he was in shock and was thinking I have no idea how to be a father (that is how I was when I found out we were expecting; shocked, nervous, and excited all at the same time!), he went directly to the LORD in prayer and ask for the angel to come again so they could teach them how to take care of their son. I am a father and my little girl is eleven months old now. I want to do the same thing Manoah did, seek God to find out how to raise my child. When the angel appeared unto them again he repeated his request “How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?” That is my prayer this morning as I type, “God, teach we what I should do to raise my little girl. I know you have given us your Word and Lord I desire to obey it and help me to do so. Lord, give me wisdom and teach me that she may be raised to be used for your honor and glory, Amen!” If you are a parent, maybe you can be encourage to pray this prayer today and seek to raise your child up according to His Word!
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6