Oh, My Soul.

Hannah was an amazing woman from the Old Testament who definitely believed in the power of prayer.  I know that I have posted on this before, but a verse that I mentioned in that post is still weighing heavily on my heart.  In 1 Samuel, Hannah was unable to bear children, and it burdened her and her husband greatly.  So she prayed.  And people took notice...

"As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.  Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard.  Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, 'How are you going to stay drunk?  Put away your wine.'  'Not so, my lord.' Hannah replied, 'I am a woman who is deeply troubled.  I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.  Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.'" [1 Samuel 1:12-16]

Hannah was a woman who sought after God's will, yet presented her requests to Him constantly in fervent prayer.  And the Lord answered her prayers, as "Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son.  She named him Samuel, saying 'Because I asked the LORD for him.'" [1 Samuel 1:20].

What has been on my heart these past few days is not only that prayer is powerful.  Rather, what has been convicting me is the fact that Hannah literally poured her soul out at the feet of the Lord.  She held nothing back.  Nothing.  I long to be a woman of that kind of faith!  A woman who gives everything over to God - her heart, mind, soul, strength, and body - and trusts Him with it all.  A woman who pours out her soul to the Lord in praise and prayer.

Oh, my soul... get ready to be given over to the hands of the greatest, most holy, most able, and most loving.  He is worthy.