Crushed in soul, Hannah prayed to God and cried and cried—inconsolably.
I Samuel 1:11 (The Message)
One of the beauties of being a woman is our ability to communicate. No other species, animal or gender can express themselves the way we can. We have a God-given lingo and style that’s all our own, hallelujah!! Sistah, doesn’t your soul sigh with satisfaction every time you’re able to speak your mind and share your heart? That’s the kind of freedom we have in prayer.
Our Sistah, Hannah didn’t know if God would answer her prayer. All she knew was that she had to communicate. And like most Sistahs, she found a way to speak not only in words but through tears. Aah my Sistah, you and I have been blessed with the ability to speak in various ways. Tears should never be a form of shame or weakness but just another way of sharing our soul. Our God is a communicative God and He created His daughters to be the same way.
Maybe you were never taught that your thoughts are significant. Maybe the enemy used someone to devalue you and minimize your feelings. Well, know today that God treasures His time with you. You can stutter, groan, moan, meditate, and cry your way into prayer, and Sistah, it’s all good.
The most perfect prayer isn’t the one with the most eloquent of words, but the one that’s written in your heart for God alone. It’s a speech born out of desperation, faith, and hope. It’s a prayer that says to God “I can’t, but you CAN.” The prayer of a phenomenal woman doesn’t lie in her ability to manipulate God into giving her what she wants. The prayer of a phenomenal woman lies in her relationship with a God with whom she can divulge her deepest secrets, her biggest dreams and even bigger disappointments.
It’s the prayer of a women crushed in spirit, it’s the prayer of a woman in the season of celebration, and the prayer of a woman somewhere in between. Wherever you are in life God loves to hear your voice. He inclines His ear to listen to every sob, every sniffle, every shout, every chuckle and petition you send His way. Phenomenal prayers are said by phenomenal women; and that totally includes you!
Father, I pray for each Sistah that comes across these words. May she always remember that you not only want to hear her voice but you want her heart as well. Ever the gentlemen that you are, you will never abuse or mistreat her. Instead you will treat her as the treasure that she is. Thank you for making her phenomenal in your sight. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen
Jennifer Reyes works in publishing and loves it! She’s Editor of Well Said…Newsletter, she’s a contributor of Romantic Times Book Reviews, and a member of ACFW. What began as a young lady loving to read soon blossomed into a woman finding God and in essence discovering true life. When she’s not writing she can be found watching her favorite I Love Lucy episodes. She currently resides in NYC with her husband of ten years.