Saturday, April 7

Praying from a broken heart

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1-2, Psalm 66, 2 Corinthians 7

1 Samuel 1:15-16 “No, my lord,” Hannah replied.  “I am a woman with a broken heart.  I haven’t had any wine or beer; I’ve been pouring out my heart before the Lord.  16 Don’t think of me as a wicked woman; I’ve been praying from the depth of my anguish and resentment.”

Observation

Hannah is suffering from the shame of being barren and from the ridicule of a rival wife.  Overcome with emotion, she prays at the temple, a silent but deeply emotional prayer.  Eli, the priest, mistakenly believes she is drunk.  This is her reply: she is not drunk, but has a broken heart, and is pouring that broken heart out before the Lord, praying from the depth of her anguish.

Her prayer was heard and God gave her a son, whom she named Samuel, meaning, “heard by God.”

Application

Lately, the Lord has been speaking to me about praying fervently or earnestly.  Too often, my prayers are casual and routine, rather than desperate and earnest.  I’ve asked God to break my heart with what breaks His, and then to help me pray (like Hannah) from a broken heart.

Hannah prayed fervently, from the depth of her anguish, from a broken heart, and God answered her prayer.  Perhaps I will see more miraculous answers to prayer if I’m like Hannah, and pray from a broken heart with desperation and fervency.  Less casual prayer, more earnest prayer!

Prayer: Lord, break my heart with what breaks Yours, and help me to pour out my broken heart to You in prayer.  I’d like to see more miracles like Samuel!