Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard...
- 1 Samuel 1:13
God is neither impressed nor moved by our vocabulary or oratory skills.
But, as always, God is concerned with the heart.
God would say to Hannah's son, Samuel, “...the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” God speaks the language of the heart.
Have you ever spoke to God without speaking? Where only the groaning of your inner person can be heard? Extraordinarily, we serve a God whose understanding of his creatures extends even to wordless prayers (Rom. 8:23, 26-27).
That God comprehends our wordless prayers is both hopeful and comforting. We serve a God who not only searches and knows our heart, but He hears us when we are too overwhelmed for language. God speaks the language of our hearts.
There are times when I'm in too much pain and anguish to speak words.
There are times that fear and anxiety are so suffocating that I can't breathe, much more speak.
There are times when I am so exposed that I am ashamed to call upon the name of the Lord, nor could I present Him a verbal prayer.
Praise be to God that in these moments of pain, and weakness, and fear, we serve a God who hears us when we're too overwhelmed for language.
God heard the inner groaning of Hannah. So likewise, God hears and understands our inner thoughts, groanings, and prayers. In Christ, by the groanings of the Holy Spirit, all of our prayers are honored. Even the ones we don't understand ourselves.
Even in the silence, God hears you. Your prayer today, “...”