The Power of Unspoken Prayers
In the book of 1st Samuel is the story of Samuel’s birth that is miracles as well as encouraging to those who are faithful but yet in the midst of afflictions Let us notice the following verses AND DISCOVER “THE POWER OF UNSPOKEN PRAYERS”
1 Samuel 1:5-13 (NCV)
5 But Elkanah always gave a special share of the meat to Hannah, because he loved Hannah and because the LORD had kept her from having children.
6 Peninnah would tease Hannah and upset her, because the LORD had made her unable to have children.
7 This happened every year when they went up to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. Peninnah would upset Hannah until Hannah would cry and not eat anything.
8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you crying and why won’t you eat? Why are you sad? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?“
9 Once, after they had eaten their meal in Shiloh, Hannah got up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair near the entrance to the LORD’S house.
10 Hannah was so sad that she cried and prayed to the LORD.
11 She made a promise, saying, “LORD All-Powerful, see how sad I am. Remember me and don’t forget me. If you will give me a son, I will give him back to you all his life, and no one will ever cut his hair with a razor.“
12 While Hannah kept praying, Eli watched her mouth.
13 She was praying in her heart so her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk
As we look at these verses, there is Hannah the faithful first wife of Elkanah who is hurting from being teased by the second wife who has borne children by her husband. Hannah is suffering for things that she has no control over. Her physical problem was from birth and her mental anguish was being dished out by the wife that her husband had brought into their relationship. Many times along this Christian walk, there are troubles in our life that is no fault of our own by way of birth and the way of a troublesome world. Life has been labeled in the book of Job 14:1 as “short and full of trouble”. Many people believe that being a Christian means being “trouble free” but that’s not the case.
Sister Hannah was hurting but she maintained her humility. There was not found any guile in her mouth concerning her situation. In v 10 we find that she was able to “take” what she was going through with tears and prayer. Her sadness led her to tears and prayer. Sometimes we allow our sadness to become an emotional “battering ram” and we want others to feel how we feel. Hannah prayed to the Lord. Her husband tried to comfort with selfish words about her love for him but not one word about his love for her. Hannah keep on praying to the Lord God who is love and who mercy endures forever.
We have seen the hurt and the humility of Hannah but the g”same changer was “prayer out of a sincere heart”. In v13, the text tells us that” Hannah was praying in her heart” and not the heart in the physical body but the heart in the “soul”. I want us to also notice that, she prayed about having a child for God’s sake. It was not a prayer about the abuse she was receiving in her situation, it was not about personal comfort and satisfaction but it was about having a child who would be sanctified in living and live for God all his life. )She made a promise, saying, “LORD All-Powerful, see how sad I am. Remember me and don’t forget me. If you will give me a son, I will give him back to you all his life, and no one will ever cut his hair with a razor.“)
This prayer was “unspoken”. Eli could not hear Hannah’s prayer. The power of an “unspoken prayer” is revealed by God’s answer. In verses 19-20, we read this: 1 Samuel 1:19-20 (NCV)
19 Early the next morning Elkanah’s family got up and worshiped the LORD. Then they went back home to Ramah. Elkanah had sexual relations with his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.
20 So Hannah became pregnant, and in time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “His name is Samuel because I asked the LORD for him.“
Hannah went through a lot in her life and had to take a lot of abuse. Hannah’s faith was “unbroken”. Life is not fair but through it all God will bring us through. A preacher once said: “I asked for health, that I might do great things, I was given infirmity that I might do better things” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NCV)
8 We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. 9 We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.
AS WE ENTER INTO 2015, KEEP PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR THE “UNSPOKEN PRAYER” FROM THE HEART WILL BRING YOU WHAT YOU REALLY NEED. AFTER YOU HAVE DONE ALL TO STAND….JUST KEEP STANDING. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NCV) 58 So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything change you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.