THE POWER OF PRAYER
1 Samuel 1:1-28, 2:1-2
When my siblings and I were young, whenever we kiss our Mama goodbye right before we leave for school and even for work back when we were still living with her, she will always remind us to pray. It was literally a daily reminder. Even today, in our family’s Viber and Messenger groups, when we have challenges or good news, she will direct it to prayer – “Let’s pray for this and that…”, “Praise God for this and that…”. Her attitude on prayer resonated on me all throughout my life. And it has been an essential aspect of my faith journey from Day 1. God made me experience spiritual milestones through prayer and they always left me in awe of His ways.
This meditation talks about the power of prayer through an account of a woman named Hannah. As a background, she was one of the two wives of Elkanah. The other woman was named Peninnah. While Peninnah had children, Hannah had none. Through her story, we will delve on the 5 P’s that constitute the power of prayer: (1) perseverance in prayer, (2) pouring our heart to God, (3) peace in God’s presence, (4) promise fulfilled, and (5) praise in advance and in response.