Hannah: Trust-filled prayer - Bible Studies for Life for November 19, 2017
Bible Studies for Life
November 19, 2017
1 Sam. 1:9-11, 17-18, 26-28; 2:1-3 (HCSB)
I met a man who was very sickly, debilitated and depressed. He felt his situation was hopeless and it was time to die. He asked me how I would feel if I were in his shoes. I explained to him that as a Christian I would look toward heaven and pray. There is always hope in God.
Hannah is a great example of someone who was in a seemingly hopeless situation.
Her name means “grace,” and despite her graceful character her home life was awful. Her husband was a bigamist, and the other wife had children. The other wife, Peninnah, taunted her because the Lord did not allow Hannah to have children. She was in such distress that she literally could not eat (1 Sam. 1:7).
She and her husband worshipped together in Shiloh. Near the Tabernacle Hannah cried and prayed silently, only moving her lips as she made a vow to the Lord. If God would give her a male child, she would give him to the Lord. Hannah promised a lifelong Nazirite vow on her son’s behalf, which required the boy’s hair never to be cut (1 Sam. 1:11).
Eli the priest was watching her and thought she was drunk on wine. He scolded her, but she explained to him what she had prayed. He changed his tone and gave her a blessing (1 Sam. 1:17). After this, Hannah was no longer sad and could eat (1 Sam. 1:18).
The Lord allowed Hannah to become pregnant, and she bore a son and named him Samuel, which means “offspring of God.” After the child was weaned, she kept her promise to the Lord and took Samuel to Eli so that he could serve God (1 Sam. 1:26-28).
Hannah’s song of praise is full of deep theological truth (1 Sam. 2:1-10). The greatest truths Hannah learned were she could choose prayer over hopelessness and there is always hope in God. As followers of Christ, we should live Christ-centered lives that choose prayer over hopelessness, knowing there is hope in God.