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Pouring Out

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"I was Pouring out my Soul to the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:15)



In studying the story of David, I felt inspired to read 1st Samuel, to learn the background and foundation of how the Lord wove it all together.

In 1st Samuel, I was brought to the revelation of Hannah, when she is praying and crying out to the Lord at the Temple.

Let's get a little background:

Hannah longs to have a child, and even though she has a loving husband at Home, who gives her double portions of food, there is still something that she is longing for. Hannah goes to pray at the Temple where the Priest Eli is, and there she begins to pray. I don't mean pray, I mean she went to war, she was PRAYING.

When the Priest Eli saw her, he thought she was drunk,

"Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk" (1:13)

Imagine, praying so fervently that the Priest thinks you are drunk.

When Eli asks her what she has been praying for, her response is beautiful, she tells him,

"I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.." (1:15)

How beautiful is that! "Pouring out my soul"

To pour out is the empty, when was the last time you emptied out your soul to the Lord? Laid bare to him, all of your heart's desires and disappointments? Allowed yourself to be honest before him?

When Eli hears her prayer, he doesn't rebuke it, instead, he reaffirms her faith and tells her

"Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him" (1:17)

Sometimes all it takes, is someone coming alongside us and reaffirming our faith, to believe in us.

Eli reaffirming her faith, worked because when she went home, she was no longer downcast and she ate food.

Earlier in the scripture, it detailed that Hannah would not eat and that her face would be downcast.

Now in the next moment, Hannah is eating food, not only did the Lord nourish her soul but he nourished her body.

Maybe Hannah eating the food was a prophetic act of the promise to come?

Hannah's prayer was answered because "The Lord remembered her" (1:19)

and when Hannah gave birth to Samuel she said,

"I asked the Lord for him" (1:20)


Such a beautiful story of how God not only hears our prayers but that, there is a beauty to the act of pouring out your soul before the Lord. To lay it all down before him and allow him to come in and heal your heart.


My prayer is that this Story encourages you to pour out your soul to the Lord, to allow yourself to be bare before him, and to tell the Lord what's on your heart.


Devotional Reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-28

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