Hannah is the first sister who comes to mind when I think about prayer.
I know she is referenced often for women who’s heart’s desire is to be a mother.
That was the cry of Hannah’s heart.
Hannah is described in 1 Samuel as coming before the Lord in a posture that is bent low, humbled, and honest.
She poured out her deeply hurt heart, wept bitterly and made her desires known the the God of Israel.
She comes to Him in this way because she knows of His power, she knows of His goodness, and because she is “a woman with a broken heart” she knows of His passionate love for her.
This could be us.
This could be our broken hearts.
These could be our prayers.
A long standing fight with addiction.
A broken relationship.
A struggle that never seems to end.
He wants them all, with a heart that is open and bent low.
The thing that strikes me most about Hannah’s prayers though isn’t the topic, but the heart behind them.
God isn’t afraid of your tears or accusations.
He’s not intimidated by your mood swings or angry words.
In the Kingdom of God there is no room for pretense, or motive, or beating around the bush.
I am convinced that God hears all of our prayers, but the heart behind those prayers is what moves Him into action.
Hebrews 4 says that we are to approach the throne boldly.
So let’s bring our broken hearts, our anger, our frustration and tears to the God who does bold things.
So He can do a bold thing, like He did with Hannah, in us.
I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.