Today’s Thoughts – Hannah prayed
By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 6, 2010
Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.… As she kept on praying to the LORD…. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard…. Hannah replied, “I am a woman who… was pouring out my soul to the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:10-15)
Here we see why Hannah is remembered, she prayed. Prayer for Hannah was not some afterthought, something she did for a holy moment, or for her own personal spiritual jolt. Hannah prayed because she desired that God hear her prayers. She “wept much and prayed.” She wept over her condition of being childless and she wept because her prayers became a lifeline for her. Her prayer was a moment in time when Hannah was completely giving her heart to the Lord. Nothing else mattered to Hannah but her communion with God, because God had the answer Hannah sought. So Hannah “wept much and prayed to the Lord.”
Notice however that Hannah “kept on praying to the Lord.” She did not give up her time of complete intimacy with her Creator. Day after day Hannah came pouring out her soul to the Lord. I bet those around Hannah could have set their watches, if they had them back then, to Hannah’s schedule. There she is getting up, getting ready, and there she goes to pray. Every day Hannah prays and she prays each day at the same time. She had a task, a duty, and need for her prayer time with God. Hannah was not about to give up and quit. She knew what her heart’s desire was and she went for it with a heart-wrenching focus. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dark of night could keep Hannah from her appointed time of prayer.
Finally, notice that Hannah’s prayer was not some mere mentioning to God. She did not just mouth a few words and then go about her business. Hannah’s prayer was from the depths of her being because she “was praying from her heart.” She was “a woman who… was pouring out [her] soul to the Lord.” That’s what mothers do, or should I say, someone whom desires to be a mother prays. Mothers are some of the fiercest prayer warriors known to mankind. They pray for their sons to be safe on the battlefield, they pray for wayward daughters, they pray for their children to grow spiritually strong and tall for the Lord. Yes, I know Hannah was praying for a child, I have noted that in my previous thoughts, but Hannah is an example of a mother who is praying for the very foundation of a nation. And that is what we are called to do today – pray for our nation with much weeping, pouring out of our soul, and with a consistency that will shock those around us.
Dear child of the Lord, go now and pray for your nation with the heart wrenching prayer from deep within your heart as Hannah teaches us to do. And keep on praying with the fervency of a Hannah until you see a spiritual change in our nation.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission. You now have my permission…