Praying When You’re Hurting – 8/26/20

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Praying With Purpose Sermon Series Part 3

Praying When You’re Hurting

I Samuel 1:10

Intro: James 5:16b says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

EFFECTUAL FERVENT: ἐνεργέω energeo [en-erg-eh’-o]

Let us look at a powerful example of THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER.

Turn to I Samuel 1

Hannah was not just going through the motions.

She was not simply checking off prayer on her to-do list.

She was not fulfilling some religious requirement.

She was praying with a purpose.

I. Her Pain was Agonizing – vs. 10

  • Vs. 2 Hannah had no children
  • Vs. 5 but the Lord had shut up her womb
  • Vs. 6 did fret
  • Vs. 6 because the Lord had shut up her womb
  • Vs. 7 wept
  • Vs. 7 did not eat
  • Vs. 8 heart was grieved
  • Vs. 10 bitterness of soul
  • Vs. 10 and wept sore
  • Vs. 11 look on the affliction of thine handmaid
  • Vs. 15 I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit

Sometimes the greatest fuel for a fervent prayer is pain and heartbreak.

She didn’t use her hurt as an excuse not to pray; she let it motivate her to pray.

II. Her Prayer was Authentic

People say, “I don’t know how to pray.”

Then you haven’t realized the need bad enough.

When you have a serious need, you don’t need prayer lessons.

EXAMPLE: Matthew 14

  • 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
  • 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
  • 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Notice the authenticity of Hannah’s prayer in verse 13.

  • 1 Samuel 1:13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard…

I couldn’t help but notice that she spake in her heart: only her lips moved, her voice was not heard.

She wasn’t praying to put on a show.

She wasn’t praying to be heard by others.

Matthew 6

  • 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
  • 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
  • 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Her prayer was authentic because…

               A. It involved a Promise – vs. 11 “…she vowed a vow…”

  • Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

               B. It involved a Price – vs. 11

Notice the gravity of this promise:

Vs. 11if thou wilt give unto me…I will give him unto the Lord.

               C. It involved a Pouring – vs. 15 “…I have poured out my soul before the Lord.”

She said in verse 16, “…for out of the abundance of my complaint and grieve have I spoken…”

III. Her Petition was Answered – vs. 17; 27

               A. Notice her Confidence – vs. 17 “…go in peace…”

               B. Notice her Countenance – vs. 17 “…and her countenance was no more sad.”

               C. Notice her Compliance – vs. 22, 28 She fulfilled the vow she made in vs. 11.

Conclusion: Let’s review the verse we started with at the beginning of the message:

  • James 5:16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

AVAILETH: ἰσχύω ischuo [is-khoo’-o]

to be strong; to be strong in body, to be robust, to be in sound health; to have power; to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds; to exert, wield power, to have strength to overcome

The effectual fervent prayer of this woman with a shut-up womb experienced the miracle of a child.


God remembered her – because of her effectual fervent prayer.

Her prayer – that was prayed in a time of bitterness and pain, yielded miraculous results.

She prayed while hurting, an effectual fervent prayer.