Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 1 (day one)
“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.”–v 15.
“When we work, we work. When we pray, God works.”–Hudson Taylor.
Not all prayers are equal. Hannah’s experience proves it. “Saying your prayers” and “pouring your heart out to the Lord” are very different experiences. Somehow, and this by the grace of God, we reach the end of our own strength, inhibitions are cast aside and real prayer begins.
James 5:16-18 describes a similar moment. “The energized (energeo) prayer of a righteous man accomplishes (energeo) much! Elijah was a man just like us but he prayed (proseuchomai) with prayer (proseuche) and the Lord answered him!” He prayed with prayer! (really prayed)
Prayer does not equip for a greater work–prayer is the greater work.–Oswald Chambers.
God’s goal for us is real prayer. Like Hannah. Like Elijah.