Scripture has a lot to say about prayer, and it has everything to do with our spiritual health. But we simply don’t put into practice what we know, and there are profound effects on our lives. But there’s hope! When we work hard, change becomes dramatically apparent in a very short time. For the Christian, prayerlessness means to be spiritually unhealthy and to struggle with a sense of hopelessness. However, no matter our struggles, when we devote ourselves to prayer, we can trust that God will make a difference in our lives.
1 Samuel 1:9-11,17-18,26-28; 2:1-3
Life is not without its fair share of disappointments. You’re living proof of that and so is everyone else you know. Hannah experienced the most heartbreaking of disappointments—in a culture where a woman’s worth was tied to having children, she had none. When we experience similar things, we’re often prone to respond in unhealthy ways. Perhaps we become angry, and it spills over into all of our relationships. Maybe we become depressed and closed off, and miss out on the many benefits of fellowship.
Even though Hannah grieved, she also prayed. We too are to pray all the time and about everything. Times of pain are no exception. Today, take time to thank God for the many good things in your life. Worship Him simply because of who He is. Pray that God would bless other people, and specifically, that He would minister to them through you. When we shift the focus from ourselves and our pain onto God and others, things that were previously of great concern have a way of fading into the background.
Share the One Conversation with parents to prepare them for further family discussions.