The Habits of Prayer Devo, Day 2: Hannah’s Prayer
Day 2: Hannah’s Prayer
Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:1–11 ESV
If you grew up within the constraints of religion, you likely experienced prayer in a way that made you feel it needed to be done a certain way. You sought eloquence and the perfect words as you prepared to pray or thought of praying publicly. God is not concerned with the best words. He is concerned with the posture of your heart.
In 1 Samuel 2, we are met with Hannah’s prayer. Hannah is Samuel’s mother in the Old Testament, and Samuel was one of the Jewish judges when he came of age. In Hannah’s prayer, she prayed long and hard, weeping to God for a child because she had gone years without a child. In her prayer, Hannah gives praise to the Lord and talks about His power as the Lord. This isn’t Hannah laying it on thick. This is Hannah recognizing and fully acknowledging who she is praying to and showing that she knows what He can do.
The fact is: God is not afraid of what we come to Him with. As we are aware of His power, so is He. As we become aware of how He moves in our lives and the lives of others, He already knows. Not only does God hold our requests to Him with His power, but He also handles them with care. And in Him holding them with power and care, we are reminded of the authority He has given us through His Son and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer, in our lives, is a profound act of recognizing what we can and cannot control. And being able to recognize and acknowledge our role in our lives is powerful.
- In what ways have you found yourself praying to God in hope for something greater than what you were currently experiencing?
- How has God’s power been displayed throughout your life?
- What have you learned about yourself from your prayers to God? About yourself?
You can read Day 3 of this devotional on the Prayer of Forgiveness now. Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel with our current Foundations of the Faith sermon series where we dive into the topic of prayer.
Disclaimer: This devotional is not to minimize the things that go on in anyone’s life, especially when it comes to mental health. You can pray and go to therapy. They can co-exist.