Before God Answers Your Prayer


Recently in Men’s Bible Study we went over the first twenty verses of 1 Samuel. The main focus of the passage was on Hannah and how in response to her grief, she took all her anxiety and vexation to God through prayer.

There is something very interesting in this passage of Scripture.

After Hannah prayed, but before God answered the prayer, the text says, “…and her face was no longer sad” (1 Sam. 1:18).

That’s poignant.  Just bringing all her anxiety and vexation to God was enough to wipe away Hannah’s tears.  She hadn't yet received the answer to her prayer because in fact she didn’t even need the answer to her prayer - God Himself was enough.

Today, like Hannah, you and I can get on our knees and pray.  We can pour out our soul before God (1 Sam. 1:15), and when we do, even before we get God’s answer, Philippians 4:7 says, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, can guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

Today, I encourage you to find peace in humble, honest and reverent prayer to our Lord, Jesus Christ. He might not grant you what you think you need, but He will guide you, provide peace through your struggle and in time grant you what He knows your true need is.