So..... When we are tired, and confused, how do we pray? Hannah (1 Samuel 1) "presents" herself to God "deeply distressed" and "wept bitterly." She also makes God a promise -- "if you will remember me....., will give your servant a male child..... I will set him before you...." (1 Samuel 1:11) We make promises, to God, when we are that tired, and confused, too -- don't we? We know God keeps God's promises -- but do we keep our's? We see, later in chapter 1 and in the first part of 2, what Hannah does. She is continuing to pray AND she is praising God. She is VERY thankful for the son God gives her! She keeps the promise she made -- giving Samuel to the LORD, the Temple and to the ministry God has called Samuel to.
I've read recently, but I don't remember where or who was quoted, to "pray like everything depends on God and work like everything depends on us." Is that how you are praying? Are you "praying without ceasing" and "at all times"? When you pray are you promising something to God? I KNOW God keeps God's promises -- are you keeping your's?
And, finally, when the answer comes -- whether we've waited for the answer or it happens fast -- are we thanking God? Are we praising God? Do we share that God HAS answered, like we've shared the need, the prayer? What might happen if we DID pray "without ceasing" and "at all times"? What might happen if we DID praise God AND remember to THANK God for the answer -- even if it wasn't the answer we expected? What might happen if we remembered God "didn't give us a spirit of timidity but of boldness and discipline" (2 Timothy 2:7 emphasis mine)? What might happen if we shared the prayer, the answer AND the praise?
Something to think about AND pray about -- don't you think?