Read 1 Samuel 1:9-18
1. What emotions did Hannah express in her prayer?
2. How did her prayer reveal her view of God?
3. How did her life change after she prayed (verse 18)?
Bitterness, anguish, sorrow – all of these can be a catalyst for prayer. Hannah’s barrenness and family dysfunction were incredibly difficult, but she didn’t let them push her from God. She drew close. Her prayer was filled with honesty and emotion. It also demonstrated a deep trust in God, acknowledging His power and care.
Just like in Hannah’s case, time with God will always transform us. Even if our external circumstances don’t change, God can fill us with joy and hope.
Is there a situation in your life that has left you discouraged? Bring it to God right now, and spend a few minutes like Hannah did, praying honestly and openly. Acknowledge how powerful God is, and release the situation into His hands. If you’re not facing loss or discouragement right now, pray for someone who is. Step into the gap on their behalf, and ask God to make His power and presence known in their life.
Want to go deeper? Read Psalm 42 and use it as a prompt to personalize your own prayer.