What do we do when our struggles feel bigger than our faith? What do we do when others can't relate to what we are feeling or going through? What do we do when others are prospering and thriving in the areas we want to?
In 1 Samuel 1, we are introduced to a woman named Hannah. She is unable to bear children and has suffered years watching and being taunted by her husband's other wife continually, who was able to have children.
Even though her husband showed her extra attention and favored her, it could not satisfy the deep longing she had. She felt embarrassed, ashamed, empty, and had reached her limit.
In verse 10, it says, "In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly."
In her lowest moment, Hannah turned to prayer. She layed before the Lord, completely honest, and let her guard down, telling Him all of what she felt and where she needed help.
In verse 15, she says, “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.
Can you relate to Hannah? Is what you are feeling or going through heavy?
Know that prayer is a tool the Father has given us to connect with him, to exchange our worries for His love and strength. Prayer is not a performance but an opportunity for those who are willing to humble themselves, to seek God and find freedom.
Our prayer today is that you encounter Jesus' love for you today. If you are willing, take a few moments to simply tell God how you are feeling and simply ask for help.
Father, I thank you for every individual who will read this post. I pray Holy Spirit that you would encounter them no matter where they may find themselves AND that they would feel the overwhelming love and compassion you have for them. I ask that you would exchange their heaviness, weariness, and despair for your love, hope, and peace today.
In Jesus name I pray, amen!
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