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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)
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