Right at the beginning of the Coronavirus break out here in South Africa, my world was changed when the Lord handed me the tool of prayer journaling. I watched how my” plain Jane” prayer life received a new life facelift and I accepted this grace. It is during this time that Hannah’s situation fascinated me, how she endured the mocking of her husband’s second wife, Penina. I got up every morning around 5:30 to seek God’s face and for my morning walk. It was during these morning sessions that God poured out His Holy Spirit over me and empowered me with the assignment to blog and to engage in prayer journaling.
Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.1 Samuel 1:1
Peninnah, her rival, would torment and humiliate her, because the LORD had kept her childless.1Samuel 1:6
Experiencing torment in your life?
The influence of your enemy’s torment on your warcry
Just like Hannah I kept quiet, enduring, my voice was silent, my warcry or roar became silent; bearing the abuse of my enemy. I trusted and knew that God is on my side, but I kept quiet. So, the main weapon of the enemy in this instance was to silence Hannah. Our enemy is still using the same weapon today – to silence God’s children!
God was awaiting my warcry!
– The Peninnah -situation forced Hannah to practice her warcry. One would ask why God allowed Hannah’s bareness and the constant mocking of Penninah.
– I realized, after studying the story of Hannah and Peninnah, that the situation was intensified to bring out the war cry of Hannah.
– The warcry of Hannah persisted through the season of awareness, emotional torment and reached the level for a breakthrough. The breaking point of Hannah’s provision came when she reached the realm of the prophetic.
It so happened that as she continued in prayer before God, Eli was watching her closely. Hannah was praying in her heart, silently. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard.1 Samuel 1:12
What was Hannah experiencing?
Although she didn’t understand the price, God had a plan with Hannah and wanted her to bring forth a mighty prophet into His kingdom. Her pregnancy wasn’t just any ordinary one but came with a price of heavy spiritual birthing first.
“When Hannah was pregnant with Samuel, Heaven was pregnant with a prophet”
Just like Hannah turned to God as an outlet for her pain, I turned to God and started journaling my challenges through prayers. Prayer journaling recorded every detail of the process of God’s grace in my life and how I advance from being lukewarm to dedication.
Prayer journaling recorded my urgency to keep pursuing, pressing in on God’s promises…to make it my own,as I am still continuing my race.
Every morning, sometimes at daybreak, I practiced my warcry. Barely missed a single morning! I can never sleep late anymore, because of my divine fellowship with God journaling and praying.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds“2 Corinthians 10:4