In 1 Samuel, we read how Hannah anxiously desired to have a child. Her husband loved her, but she yearned to bear children, yet remained barren. In distress, she came to the temple and prayed to God for His provision. Here is what happened:
She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” As she continued praying before the Lord , Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” But Hannah answered, “No, my Lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord . Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. (1 Samuel 1:10-18 ESV)
After Hannah had prayed, before she ever received an answer to prayer, we read that “the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.” We have often proclaimed how prayer changes things, and it’s true. But we sometimes forget that prayer changes us!
In our moments of distress, prayer changes our perspective. In the absence of an answer, we still find peace, comfort, and strength. There is a song with the lyrics “sometimes He calms the storm, and sometimes he calms His child.”
In the midst of your storm, before an answer ever materializes, remember that when you entreat your Heavenly Father, Her wraps you in His arms of love. He is the God of all comfort. Prayer is the best therapy!