1 Samuel 2:1-11
So often we find ourselves on the side of unanswered prayer, looking across a vast and open gulf that seemingly separates us from that which we so earnestly seek God for; beholding by faith those things that we have yet to behold by sight. So long it seems we’ve spent in prayer and have yet to see an answer; we join with those souls who cry out from beneath the altar, how long, O Lord, how long!!
Yet Hannah was one such woman who travailed in prayer and lived to see the answer of that which she sought God for, her barren womb being opened. Hannah’s tears of sorrow were turned to tears of joy, yet her tears of joy were on account of her tears of sorrow. Before Hannah prayed the prayer of thanksgiving she first prayed the prayer of anguish. To all who labour in anguished prayer, hold fast, the prayer of thanksgiving is at hand!!