“Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved?” (I Samuel 1:8)
The prayer of Hannah is not an ordinary one. When we see her husband asking her why she had not eaten, we are able to understand that she should have poured out her heart to God, fasted and prayed with zeal (I Samuel 1:13). Her sorrow, tears and mental agony raised her to fast and pray.
Hannah had come to the right place to pray, she had held the feet of the right person and she did the right prayer of zeal. The place she had come to pray was the Tabernacle which was with the presence of God. She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish (I Samuel 1:10, 16).
A man of God was preaching on the road. Suddenly three rowdy elements came to him, questioned him “Are you involved in religious propaganda?” And all of a sudden slapped him repeatedly on the cheek and disappeared. The preacher fell on the ground and on one side he was suffering from the pain due to the beatings and on the other side, he was put to shame. He straight away went to his home, knelt down and began to pray fervently. He neither ate nor drank anything.
In the evening, one of the three persons who had slapped the preacher came back to him and apologised saying “Sir, I am shivering. The fear of death has gripped me. I feel as though my head is burning. Forgive me for what I have done”. Saying this he fell at the feet of the preacher and began to cry. The preacher guided him to God to seek forgiveness.
Within a short time, the news came that the other person of the group was run over by a bus and was crushed to death. The third person became lunatic on his way home itself. God who promised “He who touches you touches the apple of my eye” protects His children with utmost care.
Queen Esther and her maids neither ate nor drank for three days and nights. She entered the presence of king boldly and she was prepared to perish if need be (Esther 4:16). That powerful prayer resulted in the revision of the constitution of the country. “The opposite occurred” (Esther 9:1).
Jesus Christ also kept on fasting and praying in the wilderness for forty days which enabled Him to carry out the ministry successfully (Mathew 4:12). He went on pleading for doing good to the people, to heal the sick, to cast the demons, to raise the dead and to train the disciples to make them the flame of fire. Dear children of God, when you come across unsolvable problems fast and pray so that you succeed breaking the shackles.
To meditate: “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping and with mourning”(Joel 2:12)