Hannah…Praying Mother (I Samuel 1:27-28)
I Samuel 1:27-28, For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
One of the greatest fears that troubles Satan is prayer. He trembles when a Christian prays. In this fractured world, each family faces troubles, tests and tribulations, but the trial in your home can be turned into blessing if you turn to the Lord. The Lord desires to do the impossible through situations that seem unbearable.
Hannah had prayed earnestly, continually and specifically for a child and God blessed Hannah and answered her prayers with the birth of Samuel. After the blessing of the child, she did not forget God, Hannah dedicated her son to the Lord for His service. This truly exemplifies the concept of dedication.
We learn at least three valuable lessons from Hannah’s prayer life (there are more than three):
1. Hannah prayed earnestly (I Samuel 1:11). remember me, and not forget thine handmaid,
Hannah’s heart was expressed in her words. A praying mother is a great asset to her home, her church and her community. She prays for wisdom and discernment in teaching and training her children. Her prayer is a desire that her children would come to know the Lord, to serve Him and to do His will.
2. Hannah prayed continually (I Samuel 1:12). she continued praying before the LORD,
Hannah prayed several times a day; every day. A godly mother prays for her family every day. Just praying on occasion is not enough. The Scriptures commanded everyone to pray (Luke 18:1; Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; I Thessalonians 5:17).
3. Hannah prayed specifically (I Samuel 1:27). For this child I prayed;
Hannah did not just pray for any child. She specifically prayer for a man child. There is nothing wrong with praying specifically. In fact, it’s Biblical. Just as it is important when we make a list of priorities, God desires that we prioritize our prayer life. Prayers for your family need to be specific.
God remembered Hannah's prayer and Hannah bore a son and named him Samuel, which means “God heard”. Hannah learned a wonderful truth: God answers prayer. Samuel was a gift from the Lord: the Lord had given Samuel because she had prayed believing. Prayer is the answer to our afflictions. When we are in deep sorrow and our hearts are broken, prayer is the answer.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I know that nothing happens in my life that Your not aware of. I know that You will not abandon me in this affliction. SO, I’m asking You to teach me to see Your comforting hand in this affliction. May this sweeten my love, secure my hope and strengthen my faith. In Jesus name, Amen.
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