Devotions for the Praying Heart
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Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
Lamentations 3:41 KJV

Anything we do by faith, we must do in accordance with the Word of God. So to build our faith for expanded expressions of the Spirit, we must find out what the Bible says about it. Does it tell us about people yielding to the Holy Spirit and praying in unusual ways? Does it show them giving forth varied expressions of the Spirit?

Yes, it does.

Take Hannah, for example. In 1 Samuel chapter one, we see her praying for a baby. She had been barren many years and the only way she would ever have a child was for God to work a miracle. My, how desperately she wanted a child! The Bible tells us she “was in distress of soul, praying to the Lord and weeping bitterly” (verse 10 Amp).

Hannah demonstrated that weeping is one expression of the Spirit in prayer. She also demonstrated another unusual expression of the Spirit—one that Eli, the priest who was watching her pray, initially misunderstood. According to verses 12 – 15, … as she continued praying before the Lord
… Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. Eli said to her, How long will you be intoxicated? Put wine away from you. But Hannah answered, No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I was pouring out my soul before the Lord. (verses 12 – 15 Amp)
Notice that as Hannah gave herself to this intense kind of prayer, she didn’t make any sound. She just moved her lips. She must have been weaving back and forth and acting strangely as well because the priest was convinced that she’d been drinking.

That’s an unusual expression of the Spirit, isn’t it? Yet we know it was effective because God granted her request.

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 1:1 – 20

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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