Have you ever had a burden on your heart for something that just won’t go away? You pray, yet month after month, or year after year things remain the same. Something that can cause deep pain or sorrow, and you don’t understand why God does not answer your plea for change.
I think of the story of Hannah in I Samuel 1. Year after year she felt the emptiness of her womb, and was tormented by her husband’s other wife for the fact she had no children. It says “the Lord had closed her womb…” God did that. Why? Why would He allow this woman to suffer this?
But God was using the pain in her circumstances to align her prayers and passion with His desire and passion.
It says is I Sam. 3:1 ... “ In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.”
The priest’s sons were wicked and it was a dark time for Israel. God desired a man-child to raise up as a prophet to be His voice for all of Israel.
God orchestrated the events in Hannah’s life to bring her to where she was, spiritually, mentally and physically, and in her anguish she pours out her heart in obvious deep pain. We read in I Sam. 3:10-14
”In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord.
And she made a vow saying, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon 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… As she kept on praying to the Lord…Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk.”
And God heard her prayer and granted her a son whom she brought to Eli to raise as a prophet. And think about it, if Hannah had plenty of children, she would not have had the passion to pray as she did. If it wasn’t such a deep pain she wouldn’t have been praying so passionately until she had no more words utter from her lips. Eli would not have noticed her if she simply stood there and prayed a simple prayer. It took the deep pain to bring out this passionate prayer. The desire of her heart answered and God’s plan was set in motion for the nation of Israel.
And look at your own life. What are you passionate about? Often something we are passionate about is caused by an experience in our life. God is orchestrating in your life as well. He uses the good and the bad to gently guide you, to place a burden on your heart that coincides with the very burden God has on His own heart. We pray “may we be in tune with Thee.” Yes, that is what He is doing, using both our joy and our sorrow. He is doing that within each of us individually as well as collectively as His body of believers.
Seek Him, rest in Him, allow Him to gently guide your heart to be in tune with His heart. It’s a beautiful mystery how He uses our prayers to allow His will and might to be poured out from the heavens to this world. He uses our prayers of joy when we praise Him from our lips, and He uses our prayers of suffering that are empty of words. God can use our dark times just as much if not more than our light to change the world.
No More WordsNo more words, No more feelings, just being…
Sounds are muffled, light is dim, mouth is dry,
Eyes blur from hot liquid crystal, vision distorted.
There is pain…,
Pain in each breath, pain in throat, pain behind the eyes,
The eyes ~ window to the soul…
There is pain in the soul.
Head turns upwards,
Blue sky, swaying green leaves.
Lips whisper, “…God…”, the sound is an inaudible croak.
This plea, that comes from deep inside.
Trying to relieve soul of pain…
When body is spent, quiet returns.
And the quiet is not empty.There is a gentle Presence in the silence.
And with no words, and with no feelings, body and soul are just being…
In His presence.
It is amazing to us how You desire to use us to pour out Your glory. Mold us, Lord. Align our hearts and our prayers with Your will. May we be willing to allow You to use ALL circumstances in our lives to tune our hearts to You, give us the passion You desire to burn within each of us. Help us to say from deep within our souls, Lord, not my will, not my comfort, not for me, but Thy will be done.In Jesus Name (our true example)
- Sue Parrott