The Silent Prayer

Have you ever prayed so hard for something that you said no words aloud, but you cried out to God in your heart?

Some prayers originate from the deepest part of our souls, born out of desperation or anguish. Hannah prayed one of those prayers.

Year after year, Hannah’s rival—her husband’s other wife—bullied her because Hannah had no children. So when the family traveled to Shiloh to worship at the house of the LORD, Hannah left right after dinner one night to go to the LORD’s house (the tabernacle) by herself. She cried out to God in her heart and “wept in anguish” (1 Samuel 1:10, NKJV). She promised God that if He granted her a son, she would give him back to God so he could serve Him. Eli the priest sat nearby and supposed that she was intoxicated, because he saw her mouth moving, but no sound was coming out.

When Eli reprimanded her for drinking, Hannah explained why she had prayed and wept as she had. She needed to pour out her soul to the LORD. Then Eli gave her what her soul needed—peace and a blessing. He told her to “go in peace” (v.17, NKJV), and spoke a blessing over her that her request would be granted.

How many times have we, as believers today, needed to pour out our souls to God? Even if we can’t say anything audibly, He hears every prayer spoken in our hearts. He sees the anguish of our souls, and His heart is moved by our desperation. And our faith.

Hannah went to the trouble to go to the LORD’s house and pray to Him. She took her request to the only One who could answer it. God can hear us wherever we are, but when we purposely seek Him, we show that we need Him and we have faith that He can help us. When we pour out our hearts to Him, we can get up and walk away with what we need—peace. He hears us.

Hannah’s son Samuel became one of the greatest prophets in Israel’s history. He grew up to “crown” Israel’s first king, Saul, and their second king, David, the man after God’s own heart. He spoke for God and did as God directed him.

Whatever burden is heavy on your heart, take it to God who cares for your soul, catches every tear, and hears every prayer. He is our refuge, and He knows how to answer every prayer in just the right way in just the right timing. Trust Him, and go in peace.

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalm 62:8 NKJV)

 

© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (16)

  • anon

    Jennifer, thank you for sharing the link. I read it, and it touched me. You talked about submitting your will to God's and putting things in His hands. That is something I am trying to do every day, so thank you for sharing your story. I am glad you read my post and left me this comment. God bless you!
     

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Hannah's story has always touched my heart and given me hope in my walk in infertility. A beautiful post. 

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing that, Tracy. I prayed for your struggle, or actually, your hope. May God wrap His arms around you and lead you in His path. May He take care of you always. Thank you for commenting.
     

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Isnt it amazing that many of us go to God when we are desperate. I was!! And the funny thing is, now that I walk with Jesus, I only feel desperate when I dont call upon Him...With Him we are never alone.

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for visiting today, Renee, and what you said is interesting. "I only feel desperate when I don't call upon Him." Our perspective changes with time, doesn't it? With Him, we always have hope. And like you say, we are never alone. Thanks for sharing! That was encouraging.
     

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    God's gracious compassion is so evident in this story of Hannah's prayer. I'm blessed by the reminder that God hears and responds to our prayer.

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Ginger, thank you for mentioning "God's gracious compassion." When I pray sometimes I can focus on the fact that He has the power to do something, but He really is compassionate and cares about what we're going through. We don't have to plead with Him to listen. He cares about us so much. I think I touched a little on that, but thank you for visiting and for sharing that!
     

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Beautiful, Katy. There have been times when I knelt before the Lord in desperation and couldn't pray. I'd hug my Bible and ask the Spirit to pray for me. It brought me such peace to totally rely on Him when my mind was in too much pain. 

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing, Sherry. I reach for my Bible often to hug it. I can relate to what you said!
     

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Amen! Love the sincerity of Hannah. She's such an amazing woman of God!

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    She was remarkable in how she gave Samuel to God's service. Thank you for stopping by, Janell!
     

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    God hears ALL our prayers - silent or otherwise...

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    Amen!

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    I've had those moments where only God knows because I wasn't even sure I could formulate the words to express the burden I was carrying.  Thank God He understands tears, and heavy hearts - He doesn't wait for me to articulate my needs before He meets me there.  Thank you for sharing!

    Jun 16, 2015
  • anon

    I agree, Maria, and thank you for sharing that!
     

    Jun 16, 2015

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