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Devotional - week of February 15, 2004


PRAYING IN THE HEART

And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard.  1 Samuel 1:12-13a

In our day we would call Hannah’s prayer “in her heart” a “silent prayer.”

Nehemiah obviously prayed a silent prayer. When his grief over the destruction of Jerusalem was noticed by the king, the king asked what was wrong. Nehemiah told the king about Jerusalem. The king asked, “What do you want?” In reporting his response to that important and highly emotional moment, Nehemiah said:

So I prayed to the God of heaven.  Nehemiah 2:4

The silent prayers of Hannah and Nehemiah were answered.

Silent prayer can be one of the most effective features of our lives.

When we believe in and practice silent prayer, we are not limited to “saying our prayers at bedtime.” We can and will pray anywhere and at any time.

While either at work or on a school campus, silent prayer opens the door for believers to pray about every task and every relationship throughout the entire day—without restrictions.

Silent prayer is not just our opportunity to ask for God’s intervention as difficult circumstances arise. It is our means of trusting God to give guidance in all we do throughout the day.

Silent prayer makes it possible for God-loving people to joyfully and effectively praise God throughout the day.

Silent prayer makes it possible for us to engage in intercessory prayer throughout the day for fellow-workers or fellow-students.

Silent prayer can turn a sleepless night into a personal revival of praise, petition, intercession, and new spiritual insights—without disturbing anyone else who may be in the house.

A lifestyle of silent prayer will be developed as we continually live out the five imperatives for Christian victory.