21 Days of Prayer Devotional
Day 5
Ellen Chalmers / 1 Samuel 1


As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. And Eli said to her, “how long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” But Hannah answered, “no, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.”


Thought of the day

Because Hannah poured herself out to the Lord and made her request known the Lord rewarded her with her son Samuel who would be given a place of honor in God’s storyline of redemption. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. We should not suppress our desires but make them known to the Lord in wholehearted prayer.

Questions to ponder

-What are some unfulfilled desires in my heart? Ask the Lord to reveal them to you.

-When, today, can I get alone with God and freely express these desires to the Lord?


I have been serving in some way with Take the city since October 2013. I spent a lot of time on the prayer team in the beginning and encountered God’s heart for the city in a life changing way. When the teams came back and shared testimonies, it was always fun to see that our prayers coincided with some of their testimonies in special ways. More recently I have had the privilege of leading a team to a nursing home where I used to be an employee. I used to pray over the facility every day, and it was such a miracle to see an old friend who lives there give his life to Jesus on one of our outreaches a year later. God sure has a way of answering prayers. And Take the City is an answer to so many prayers that have gone up here.

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