“Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.” 1 Samuel 1:7
“Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “You have me, isn’t that better than having ten sons?” 1 Samuel 1:8
“Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:10
“As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.” 1 Samuel 1:12-13, 15-16
This reminds me of how the enemy comes in attempting to taught us day in and day out. In the same manner as Elkanah responded to Hannah, God responds to us:
“You have me! Isn’t that better than carrying pain, anguish, heartache, discontentment, or being discouraged?”
When facing trials and tribulations press into God’s presence. Just as Hannah, you may have to cry out in anguish. You may have to cry in a manner that it confuses everyone around you…to include the enemy.
Hannah prayed from the depths of her spirit and in a manner that was unusual to others. Don’t be afraid to let go, and enter into a state of worship, praise, and prayer that feels or seems completely different. Let the Holy Spirit guide you to the place God wants to take you. Remember, God wants us to worship him in spirit and in truth.
God inhabits the praises of his people. Don’t give a fake praise or a quick heartless prayer to make yourself feel better. Offer the very best of yourself even when you feel discouraged. Let God know exactly how you feel. Don’t hold on to it, let it go.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28:30