Devotional: ‘A Parent Pouring Out Their Heart to God’

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1 Samuel 1:8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? And why eatest thou not? And why is thy heart grieved? Am not I better to thee than ten sons?

For years Hannah longed for a child. At times her sorrow caused her to weep bitterly. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary says that Elkanah’s question was not so much –‘why are you so sad?’, but – ‘why are you so mad?’  Much like with Naomi with the loss of her husband and two sons, pain was tempting Hannah to become bitter. Perhaps it was Elkanah’s question that caused her to realize what was happening to her and to go to God in prayer.

1 Samuel 1:9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? Put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

Scripture says that Hannah ‘poured out her soul before the LORD.’ She literally opened her heart and shared with God all the pain and sorrow that was inside. Her intent was not to be a spectacle. Scripture says that she prayed silently within her heart and only her lips moved. Yet when Eli the priest observed her, he thought she was drunk.

Not only did Eli take note of her praying, so did God. 1 Samuel 1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

I was never formally dedicated in a church. As a matter of fact, at the time of my birth my parents were not walking with the Lord. My dad was not even a Christian. Yet God gave me two parents, who after their salvation, prayed for me fervently. I am sure that on more than one occasion, they have poured out their heart for me. I believe that I can honestly say that I am who I am today because of my parents’ prayers.

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