Tearful Prayers

I have cried Hannah’s tears. I have prayed Hannah’s prayers. 

The LORD closed my womb just as He closed Hannah’s. 

And it hurt. I didn’t like it one bit. 

Long agonizing story short, I found myself praying a tearful prayer in the chapel of a church far from home one Sunday.

We were on our last fertility treatment. There was only one chance left and I named our last chance, “Gideon.” People were praying that tiny baby Gideon would make it into the world.

As I prayed, I reminded God that He could receive so much glory if Gideon survived. I was sincere in the plan to give Him all the credit, but the prayer still felt a little selfish. So, I acknowledged that might not be His plan for us and that there may be another way in which He could be glorified. As much as I could, I placed it in God’s hands. Just like Hannah.

Perhaps you have not experienced infertility like Hannah and I. However, I’m sure that God places something in each of our lives that is painful and seems hopeless.

Paul did. He shares, “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

No one knows what Paul’s thorn in the flesh may have been, but we do know God’s answer to his plea for help. It was NO. 

Paul’s response was, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

When we endure hopelessness and cry out to God, He will answer us. The answer can be no, wait, or yes. And no matter what the answer is, we can hold tight to this promise from Psalm 126: 5-6 (NIV): 

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”


Place your hopeless situation with hope into the hands of God. Know that He cares for you.

By LaRaine Rice

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