I Samuel 1:15
“And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.”
Hannah had run out of words to describe her need, so she poured out her soul before the Lord. He heard the wordless petition that Hannah offered. He knew her heart.
In those times of our lives where we are so overwhelmed by the effects of our circumstance that we do not even have the words to form a prayer, God hears our heart. The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf when we are unable to pray.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Isn’t it encouraging that when we don’t even know what to pray, God hears our hearts?
Hannah poured herself out much like the drink offering that Jacob poured upon the altar he had built in the place where God talked with him. This was a sacrifice of dedication to the Lord. The drink offering is symbolic of the ultimate pouring out of sacrifice… Jesus’ blood on the cross.
Have you poured yourself out to the Lord?
When there are no words to convey how you feel to the Lord, pour yourself out to Him. Plead your situation to Him through tears and wordless prayers. He will hear you.
“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
“Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord…”
Pour yourself out to the Lord today.
Empty yourself of yourself so that the Lord can have full reign to work within you and your situation.
It is only when we empty ourselves of ourselves that we can truly see God move as only He can.
II Samuel 19-20 | I Corinthians 16 | Psalm 118
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