On If Equip, they have started talking about Hannah today. She has dealt with years of being barren. What makes this even harder for her is that Penninah’s fertility is flaunted in front of her over and over. This deepens Hannah’s sadness about her wanting her own children. Hannah prays vigorously in the temple. I imagine her on her knees, possibly crying, arms outwardly reaching up towards God, and she is saying her prayer with no words coming out of her mouth. Hannah is praying for a son. Her prayer is, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” Eli, the priest thinks she is drunk. As he gets closer he realizes this is not the case. Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” God blesses Hannah with a son who she names Samuel. Once he is weaned, Hannah brought Samuel back to Eli and gave him to the Lord as she has promised.
After reading this, I was pondering about praying like no one is watching. Prayer when it is just a person pouring their thoughts to God can be individually. However, there are times when people prayer in groups together. I have been on my knees, tears rolling down my face, hands raised to God, asking for assistance or thanking Him for his help. But what would that look like if I did this in public not just in my war room/ prayer room? What if I began to pray like this on my front porch, at church, at a MOPS meeting, what affect might it have on someone else? I should not let other people’s opinions about me praying get in the way of me praying to my God. This is just something to think about. What are your thoughts?