Pouring out your soul
Now in the Hebrew language, one of the names of God that the word commands us to acknowledge the Father by is called Elohim. The name Elohim means “that the Lord is the Creator of all things”. The Lord God created Heaven and the Earth, He created man, and He breathed into him the breath of life. When the Lord breathed His Spirit into the man, the word of God says that man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).
Now when the word of God tells us that we were made in the image and likeness of God that simply means God is three persons in one. The Lord God is known to the Church as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Our God is a Triune God. A man though he is one person can function and be known in three different ways. A man can be known as a husband, a father and a son from him being married, having children and also having parents in his life. The physical house of a woman that allows her to move in the earth is called her body. When she becomes born again, her spirit has the ability to communicate with God who is also a Spirit (John 4:23-24). The woman also has a soul that is made up of her will, her intellect and her emotions. The soul of a woman or man gives them the freedom of choice to choose and to make good or bad decisions (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
The record of Hannah begins by telling us about a man named Elkanah who had two wives. The first wife was name Peninnah who had the ability to have children and Hannah who was barren. Each year Elkanah would take his entire family to the yearly sacrifice called the Feast of Tabernacles and offered his peace offering unto the Lord. As the man of the house gave a portion of the offering to his second wife Peninnah and her children. After he gave them their portion, he then gave a double portion to Hannah his first wife because he loved her so much. However because the word of God was cleared on how much Elkanah loved Hannah, the word was also silent about how he felt about Peninnah and her children. I believe as Peninnah saw how all this unfolded between the three of them, it was Hannah who had the love of her husband but Peninnah only had his children. As a result of Peninnah not having her husband love, this caused her to attack Hannah through her words and her actions by constantly reminding her that she was a barren woman who could not have children How did Hannah deal with these vicious attack from Peninnah and not able give birth to a son, I believe she dealt with three important ways. The first way that Hannah dealt with her adversary and her condition was by pouring out her soul and complain before the Lord. The second way that Hannah dealt with her inability to give children to husband Elkanah was praying from her heart. Finally, a third way she dealt with the emotional and physical condition of her life was that she was determined to give birth to her prophetic promise from the Lord.
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.
Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before theLord (1 Samuel 1:12-15).
Pouring out your soul
The first way that Hannah dealt with her adversary and her condition was by pouring out her soul and complain before the Lord. The silence in the scriptures about how Elkanah felt about Peninnah, I believed fueled her jealous attacks against Hannah. Each time Peninnah had the opportunity, she would seek to make Hannah feel angry and unloved by her husband and the Lord. She also made Hannah feel that she was not worthy to eat of the peace offering and causing to be filled with tears and sorrow. The word of God says in 1 Samuel 1:6-7 that “her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat”. Her husband tried to encourage his wife to eat and to not be grieved by letting her know how much he loved her. However, despite his several attempts to demonstrate and express his love for his wife it still could not fill the void in her life. The void that Hannah felt caused her to rise up and go to the temple of the Lord were she poured out her bitterness and she wept greatly before the Lord.
What is in your life, your marriage and your family that is stopping you from pouring out your soul to the Lord? What is happening or not happening on the job that is stopping you from emptying your heart to the one who knows you better than you know you’re on self? I am here to encourage you to push through the bitterness of your soul and spend that quiet time with the Father. In Psalms 62:8 the word of God says “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us”. We have all at some point in time have heard the statement or phrase of bearing your soul to another person. However, though it is okay to have an open dialogue with a person, the most important person we must bear our souls to is the Lord. God does not want us to complain to ourselves about the anguish we are going through or the bitterness in our souls like Job did (Job 7:11). When you feel your soul disquieted and cast down, you must declare to yourself, that the Lord is your rock, your strength, your defense, and refuge, which you can trust at all times (Psalms 62:1-2).
Praying from your heart
The second way that Hannah dealt with her inability to give children to husband Elkanah was praying from her heart. As the High Priest, Eli sat upon his seat by the post of the tabernacle of the Lord, when he saw Hannah praying he noticed her mouth not moving. I believed he noticed that there were no words being uttered from her lips and he made the assumption that she was probably drunk. In 1 Samuel 1:13 the word of God says that “Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk”. According to the custom in biblical times, I believe that Eli was more familiar with seeing people who prayed out loud in public, versus them praying silently to themselves. However, Hannah let the High Priest know that she was not drunk and she was not like one of the daughters of Belial. She had let Eli know that she had come for one purpose only and that was to make her complaint known before the Lord. She was not praying for the purpose to have an audience with men, but Hannah was praying to have an audience with the Lord God Jehovah, who could do something about her barrenness.
In the book of Numbers 30:10-12, the law of the Lord stated that when a wife made a vow unto the Lord and her husband did not agree with it, he could declare that vow not be kept by him or his wife. When Hannah prayed silently, she did not do it because of her fear that her husband Elkanah would not agree with the vow that she had made to the Lord. Rather she prayed silently from the heart because she knew that the Lord would hear the deepest cry from her heart. It is not about how loud or soft we pray to the Lord, because the Lord is not hard of hearing. It is not about praying to the Lord with fancy words or having to pray real long prayers for hours. However, it is about us having an understanding that just as Elijah had like passions as we do, the Father will hear our prayers because of us having a heart for Him (James 5:17-18).
Birthing your prophetic promise
Finally, a third way she dealt with the emotional and physical condition of her life was that she was determined to give birth to her prophetic promise from the Lord. The word of God says in 1 Samuel 1:19-20 “And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord”. Through the birth of Samuel, it would mark the end of the failure of the corrupt priesthood in Israel of Eli and his sons. As Samuel was dedicated to the Lord by his parents, he would learn to minister unto the Lord and grow up in his prophetic ministry to the Children of Israel. God would call Samuel to be Israel last judge and to use him to anoint Israel’s first king, King Saul with a vial of oil. However, because of the failure of Saul and not being obedient to the Lord, the Lord would then have Samuel to go and anoint Israel second king which was David with a horn of oil. When Samuel anointed David with the horn of oil, it would symbolize a greater anointing that the Lord was placing upon David life than what was previously upon King Saul. Through the descendants of David would be born the Lord Jesus Christ which His name Jesus means to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
It is important that we learn to thank the Lord for every time we will experience pain, disappointment, and heartbreak in our lives. We have to thank Him for those times when we thought we would never make it through another night of tears. In every dark moment that we experienced, the Lord also allow us to experience His Presence and the prophetic promise from our knees (Romans 8:28). The promises of God are far greater than the pain you have down within your soul. Our God wants you to get rid of those things which you have been rehearsing on the inside yourself that you will never be good enough or holy enough. Our times of pain and struggle will be the vehicle through prayer that our Samuel to come forth and usher in a new move of God in our generations to come. The word of God says in Psalms 102:18 says that “This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD”. When a woman prepares herself to have a child through natural childbirth, she understands that she has to get into a birthing position when the child is ready to be born. A doctor or a midwife will assist the woman to get into her birthing position and encourage her to push until the baby comes out. In the spirit realm rather you are a man or a woman, we must all get into our birthing position, and push or pray until something happens as we pour out our soul to the Lord.