I’m still reading this devotional about prayer. It’s been a really good devotional. Last nights reading was so impactful for me that I just had to share some of it with you.

It was about a woman named Hannah. She was the wife of a man named Elkanah. The Bible tells us that Elkanah had two wives, and Peninah was the second wife. The Bible goes on to say that Peninah had sons and daughters but Hannah was barren. Peninah didn’t let Hannah forget that she was barren either. She would ridicule her for not having any children. Hannah was so hurt and distressed by this, that one day she couldn’t eat, and ended up going to the Lord in prayer. This is what she said:

“And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”
‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

These words are directly from the devotional:

Yet even in her distress, Hannah remained faithful to the Lord. She continued to seek Him, confident that He alone could change her situation, He alone could meet her deepest desire. Though she was so distressed that she could not even eat, Hannah sought the Lord. She poured out her heart to Him. Hannah didn’t try to hide her longings or her disappointment from God. She came before Him, pleading with Him to see her suffering and give her a child.​

The parts that I underlined is what spoke to me the most. Hannah sought the Lord. With full assurance that He alone could change her situation. Read that again. Even in her bitter distress, she went to the Lord. She literally cried to Him. She didn’t hide her disappointment from God! She told Him how she felt from the depths of her heart. She didn’t even call her best girlfriends up on this one, she went to God for herself.

My dear Sister, do you need to cry out to the Lord today? Do you need to literally go to Him with tears falling down your face about a matter, that only He can change? Go ahead. Know that God is listening for you and to you. He will hear you, and just as we read in the rest of Hannah’s story, He will remember YOU! This doesn’t mean God forgets anything, it does mean that God remembers the deepest cries of our hearts to Him. He answers. Just the right way, at just the right time.

Go read her story for yourself in 1 Samuel chapter 1.
I hope you’re encouraged today, that the God of Hannah, is your God too 💗

With Love,
Nate’s Good Thing