Prayer is not an instant fix with immediate answers to your personal requests. It is much more like a kind of waiting, perhaps even a longing.
As we listen, watch and learn to wait, we become aware of our own deeper needs and, just as importantly, the longings and cries of others.
Prayer is not giving God a shopping list. It is putting into God’s hands things that worry us or issues with which we struggle; it is waiting for God’s answer and help. When we pray we share the cries of those near us, and far from us, who wait for healing, or love or justice.
Hannah is broken-hearted because she has no child, and is made fun of by others. She comes to the temple and prays, her grieving lips moving silently. She waits and God hears her.
Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk.… Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.’
In what ways this week are you being asked to wait? As you pray this week, pray with an open heart, to wait for God’s love.
Read 1 Samuel 1.9-17