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I Sam 1: 1-18

10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.

12 And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. 13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard.

15 But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16 “Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.”

If we look at the life of Hannah, we see that she says to Eli, ‘I am a woman of sorrowful spirit’. She was in this state of excessive mental stress, because she was a barren woman. She was provoked and humiliated by her rival Peninnah. This kind of brokenness many of us would be going through now for many other reasons.

Verse 10 says “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.” We do not have any other way to escape from this brokenness, only one way that is falling under His feet in prayer.  Verse 15 says, that she poured out her soul before the LORD. Her anger, disappointment, frustration and longing all culminated in her soul and it broke her spirit. With this brokenness, she approached the Lord and poured out all her emotions. Verse 12 says that she continued praying before the LORD. She was continually praying before the Lord, until her spirit is mended and made whole from the brokenness. Notice here the body is not healed yet, but her spirit is in peace and verse 18 says she was no longer sad.

God has given us through His word on how to deal with the sorrowful heart. Approach our Lord in prayer, pour out our emotions and petitions before Him and then pray continually until our spirit receives the assurance from the Healer (Luke 18:1-8).  The result of this steadfast prayer would be the Healer makes our brokenness of our spirit whole and our countenance should reflect His healing touch. We will be refreshed by the Holy Spirit to face another day, another comment, another humiliation with solid assurance from the LORD.  Are we approaching Him in prayer or are we venting out to someone else? Are we pouring out our emotions before the Lord or we are showing our emotions in our family? Are we continually praying until we receive the assurance or we are in doubt always? Let us approach God and receive His peace to our brokenness of our spirit in faith.

I Sam 1:17 “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”