And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the Lord is the God of knowledge; and by Him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, and the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven, and she who has many children has become feeble. The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them. He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; from heaven He will thunder against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed.” (1 Samuel 2:1-10)
Hannah’s Prayer To God
A mother’s love is an indescribable devotion to the children that are born from her womb. The Bible is filled with the stories of women who have brought some of the greatest saints of God into the world whether they are known or unknown by name. Samuel the great prophet of the Lord was a man who had a powerful example of grace in the heart of his mother, Hannah. Few stories move the heart as the grief stricken wife of Elkanah who mourned her barren womb and how through God’s mercy she had a son of promise. She was a second wife of the man Elkanah. Peninnah was also a wife for Elkanah and she had sons and daughters and became a rival of Hannah through her constant provoking of Hannah for being barren. Elkanah would give Hannah a double portion above his troubling wife Peninnah but what Hannah wanted more than anything was a son. It was one day when she worshiped the Lord at Shiloh her prayer was answered. Eli the prophet thought she was drunk at first as he watched her cry out to the Lord for a son but soon realized it was a grieving woman desiring to have a son with a willingness to give the boy to the Lord as a servant. He told Hannah to return home and her son of promise would come. The Lord remembered Hannah and she conceived giving birth to a son whom she called Samuel which means “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.” When Samuel was weaned she brought her son of promise to the Lord and dedicated his life to the service of God. Hannah would have three sons and two daughters after Samuel but her firstborn would change the world and become one of the great heroes of scripture.
The prayer of Hannah is a powerful testimony of a mother’s love and her faith in the promises of God. Giving birth to a son is filled with many emotions of joy but Samuel was a special son born from a grieving heart and answered prayer. Hannah believed in the power of God and sought the presence of the Lord in her life to impact the decisions she made as a wife and mother. She recognized the gift of God in giving her a son. The child that came from her womb would be a servant of the Lord because Hannah’s heart was dedicated to instructing the young child in the way of truth, righteousness and holiness. Nothing would matter to this young mother but the molding of Samuel’s heart to love the Lord with all his heart, soul and mind. Her prayer is a testimony of rejoicing in the salvation of God’s promises and love. From a woman of tearful misery to a mother of exalted glory for the gift of God, Hannah knew there was no one like the Lord God who was her rock and her trust. Her rival Peninnah was proud and arrogant and brought much harm to Hannah but her trust was in the Lord. In the face of persecution, Hannah trusted in the word of God and was blessed through the gift of God. She acknowledges that God does things in His way and in His time. The pillars of the earth are the Lord’s and He has set the world upon them. His will is accomplished through His people and the Lord will guard the feet of His saints. No man will change the will of God. Hannah knew the power of the Lord first hand and she was thankful for His grace.
There is a powerful lesson of faith in the prayer of Hannah that resonates with the saints of God. Hannah believed in the impossible because she knew that all power rested in the hand of the Lord. Her heart grieved for a son and the Lord answered the prayer. The story of Samuel is a providential fulfillment of the continued work of God’s grace to bring His only Son into the world. Hannah’s prayer was a thankful heart for the working of grace in her life to give a son to serve the Lord all his days. One of the deepest lessons a parent can learn is trusting in the will of God to dedicate their children to the Lord. Samuel was literally dedicated to the work of the Lord becoming one of the greatest men of faith in scripture. The heart of Hannah should move every mother to begin before a child is born to dedicate their own lives to serve the Lord and that if blessed with children to consecrate the hearts of their children to serve the Lord – not just in outward show but inward beauty of loving God before anything else. It is easy to give children everything but a holy life. Parents want their children to be popular, athletic, successful and beautiful and often fail to give them the most important thing they need: a love for God. Hannah is a mother who gave her son to the Lord and no mother can do less who wants to please God. The prayer of Hannah is a monument to a mother’s faith in God and trust in His will in her life and the life of her children.