Let’s consider the verse 1 Samuel 1: 10
Hannah went to the Church, wept and prayed to the Lord.
Prayer is when we communicate with the Lord in a very generic manner. But if we seek the Lord for a very specific reason it is called petition.
Hannah went to the Church and prayed to the Lord for a very specific reason – that she wanted a child.
Eli sat there at the doorpost of the Church. Hannah went directly into the Church, wept and prayed!
The Lord will listen to our prayers wherever we are; it doesn’t matter where we are when we pray. But to go to the Church, to sit in His presence and to pray is a special experience and Hannah had that desire. In the Lord’s eyes, this is a special kind of prayer.
Daniel 6:10 – Daniel is a great example of a person who systematically prayed every day in his house. Praying at the house is very important.
But to come to the Church regularly and worship the Lord is more important than that. God expects His people to gather at the Church regularly and worship Him.
Hannah had this practice of going to the Church regularly. She had this desire from within her heart. That is why she went to the Church immediately after she finished eating and drinking at Shiloh.
In Luke 18: 10, we see an example of two men who went to the Church to pray. Even though one of them went to boast about himself in his prayer and the other wanted to submit himself to the Lord and wept because of his sins, they both had very well understood the importance of going to the Church to pray.
Acts 22:17 – Paul fell into a trance and heard the Lord speaking when he was praying at the temple after he returned to Jerusalem.
Acts 3:1 – Peter and John went to the Church when the time of prayer was there. They chose to go to the Church and pray there.
Later on, in the same Chapter we see that Peter and John perform a miracle at the entrance of the Church. God treats those who gather at the Church regularly in a special manner.
2 Kings 19:1 – Hezekiah, the King, when he faced a serious problem, tore his clothes, put on a sack cloth and went to the temple of the Lord. When he was having a very big and serious problem, he did not seek the advice from men; he did not gather his army; rather, he went to the Church and sought the help of the Lord.
In verses 14-16, we see that, when Hezekiah went to the Church, and spread the letter from the messengers out to the Lord and did a brief prayer. He could have done this prayer from his palace but he did not! He rose from his throne, left his palace and went to the Church to pray.
This prayer was considered so special by the Lord and He answered Hezekiah’s prayer that very night (verse 35)! The angel of Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.
The angel should have received a commandment from the Lord and should have started out from the heaven – all these are the result of Hezekiah’s prayer – as he went to the Church and prayed.
Hannah, wept and prayed to the Lord
Psalms 51:17 – God very much likes the sacrifices that are a broken Spirit; He likes and doesn’t neglect a broken and a contrite heart.
Psalms 62:8 – We should pour out our hearts to the Lord.
God likes this type of a prayer where we weep, and pour our broken heart to the Lord. He treats this prayer very special, listens to it and answers to us.
2 Kings 20:5 – Our Lord not only listens to our prayers but He “sees” our tears. The Lord promises Hezekiah the He will heal him and also promises other blessings. This is because Hezekiah wept bitterly in his prayers.
Luke 7:37,38 – Maria wept while she stood behind the Lord, and she wet His feet with her tears. She cried because she realized that she was a sinner.
As a result, her sins were forgiven by the Lord (verse 48) even though she did not directly pray to the Lord that her sins be forgiven. She also received the peace of the Lord as a bonus blessing!
Hannah made a vow and prayed to the Lord
1 Samuel 1:11.
Deuteronomy 23: 22, 23 – It is important that if we make a vow to the Lord, we must honor it and accomplish it. Otherwise it will be a sin to us.
Genesis 28:21, 22 – This is a great example of a vow. Jacob makes a vow that the Lord will be His God.