Give it All and Hold Nothing Back!
Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved?” So Hannah arose….1 Samuel 1:8,9 NKJV
In 1 Samuel 1, we find a man named Elkanah, who had two wives: Peninnah, who had children; and Hannah, who had no children. It’s in this context that we find Hannah’s story of fasting and prayer.
We learn that her womb was closed. At this time in history and in this culture, a woman’s honor was linked to her ability to have children. As a result of her infertility, she would not have the joy of holding a baby in her arms and she was not going to have a family line come from her life. As a result, she felt she had no honor, no joy, and no destiny. To add insult to injury, she also had to endure shame because Peninnah “provoked her severely, to make her miserable” (v6). But all of this was about to change through prayer and fasting! Destiny, joy, and honor were coming her way.
Hannah knew how to fast. She went without food and gave herself to God, to touch Him through prayer and fasting. Here are three very simple observations from her breakthrough:
1. Hannah had a specific purpose. She wanted a son and was very specific with the Lord. Hannah prayed, “Give Your servant a male child” (v11). What is your specific purpose in this fast? What are you aiming your prayers towards? Let this purpose fill your heart. Be specific in your requests to God. He will answer you!
2. Hannah didn’t eat. She set aside food so she could focus. She went without meals so the Lord could move in her life! Verse 7 says Hannah “wept and didn’t eat.” It’s a powerful combination.
3. Hannah was all in! She engaged her heart, soul, mind, body (tears and no food), and spirit. She held nothing back. Hannah “prayed to the Lord and wept sore” (v10 NKJV).
Hannah didn’t talk to her mom, didn’t talk to her husband, to her best friend, to the priest, and she didn’t talk to Peninnah for an appeal. Hannah prayed to the Lord. She spoke directly to God Almighty—the only One Who could actually open her womb!
Mentors and other believers are oftentimes very helpful, but nothing and no one can replace going directly to God!
In the Hebrew, “wept sore” means “bakah bakah.” The same word is used for both English words. She wept and wept some more. And then she wept some more. And then wept again. Hannah had reached her breaking point. And then it all broke!
So it came to pass…Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel (heard by God) saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord…. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him” ( v20, 27).
Don’t give up on your breakthrough. Keep persevering. This season of fasting will bring results in the end. Only God can do it!!
PRAY THIS OUT LOUD
Lord, I come straight to You—from my lips to Your ears! I’m giving up food for a divine purpose: give Your servant a . Take my tears and release to me honor, joy, and destiny. I’m in this for the long haul and I know, by faith, that You hear my prayers. I know that one day soon, I will hold in my arms the answer to my prayers. Thank You, Jesus!
What verse or phrase from today’s Scripture reading was the most meaningful to me?
What key truths or observations stand out to me in today’s story of fasting?
How does the Holy Spirit want to apply this to my life today?
This is reproduced from Griffin, Chris. Fasting For Breakthrough: A 21-Day Biblical Roadmap for Fasting and Prayer (p. 85). BookBaby. Kindle Edition.