By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Have you ever been broken before the Lord? Have you ever come to the end of yourself, realizing that your efforts have failed and your only hope remains in God? Brokenness is never easy to experience, but God can bring great blessings through your trials.
In 1 Samuel 1, we read about Hannah, a selfless, gracious woman trapped in a miserable situation. She was unable to bear a child for her husband Elkanah. His other wife, Peninnah, not only had provided him children, but had constantly antagonized and mocked Hannah: “Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat” (1 Samuel 1:6-7).
After years of longing for children and enduring constant humiliation from Peninnah, Hannah was broken. In her desperation and anguish, she turned to God in prayer. She turned her den of misery into a chamber of prayer. She had been emotionally weakened, but she was spiritually strong in the Lord. Through her tears, she vowed to God, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look on 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” (1 Samuel 1:11).
Hannah knew God was the only One who could answer her cry for a son. She knew God was the only One who could sense the agony of her spirit. This is the same God we worship. He knows the depth of our despair, He knows our deepest desires and greatest longings, and He wants us to cry out to Him in our brokenness.
Prayer: God, help me to follow Hannah’s example and to turn my den of misery into a chamber of prayer. You know the depths of my brokenness. I need Your help to see me through this. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6).