In January of 2008, Jeanie Lerche Davis wrote an article on this subject of the speaking heart. Ordinarily, the heart is a human organ that pumps blood. It does not speak. However when life situations make even the crayfish to bend, then the heart can speak. She tries to explain also that a broken heart is a medical condition…”broken heart syndrome” or stress-induced heart failure is a medical condition — and a perfect example of the heart’s power and vulnerability”. Would Hannah have been nearing this kind of pressure when only her lips moved? The Hebrew analysis of what happened says her inner being moved, so Eli noticed the struggle of the lips to match the squirming of the heart. Has anyone been there? You know when you can’t express anymore in words. One day, an old woman somewhere came out for a testimony in a contemporary church. It was an English speaking congregation. The old woman glowed. Then they handed her the microphone. After a lot of struggles, she said two words,” God Ide! ” Its Nigerian pidgin for ” God is faithful! ”. Its not the language as her struggle to put all her emotions into a single expression. Its the struggle I see in Hannah. Only her lips moved! That was prayer. When the heart speaks, there are no sounds. Your entire will, mind and emotions are wrapped up in saying one word: Jesus! I feel your pain. Have this on good ground, your prayers are getting answered.
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 1 Samuel 1:12-13 KJV