There is a woman in the Bible who is loved by her husband despite the inability to bear him a child. Mocked by her husband’s other wife, she continued to go through life prayerfully and faithfully. Every day, she would pour out her heart’s desire and tell God “If you would bless me with a child, I will offer him up to you all the days of his life…” (1 Samuel 1:11) A petition that sounded desperate, but doctrinal from a divine perspective. In an act of grace, God answered the petition and gave her a son that she would name Samuel meaning “Because I asked the Lord for him.” (1 Samuel 1:20). By the time the child was old enough not to be nursed by his mother, she brought the child to the temple. With all integrity, she fulfilled her private vow to God. A very unusual act from a woman who might not be able to conceive another child. While at the temple, she prayed, not for another child, but in thanksgiving for God’s amazing grace and awesome power!
HANNAH PRAYED, and said, ‘My heart exults and triumphs in the Lord; my horn (my strength) is lifted up in the Lord. My mouth is no longer silent, for it is opened wide over my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides You; there is no Rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly; let not arrogance go forth from your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children languishes and is forlorn. The Lord slays and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He lifts up. He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with nobles and 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 godly ones, but the wicked shall be silenced and perish in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them will He thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge [all peoples] to the ends of the earth; and He will give strength to [a]His King and exalt the power of His anointed (Anointed [b]His Christ).
– 1 Samuel 2:1-10
After all of these, God blessed Hannah with more children. God blessed her family as well. And as we look back at the story, the highlight is not Hannah fulfilling her vow to God, but the mere fact that during the hard beginning, and up to the happy ending, HANNAH PRAYED!
Writer’s Bio: TJ Ermitano, also known as TEEDJ, is a full-time follower of Christ. A husband to the lovely Neth and soon to be the father of two! Teedj has actively pursued involvement in various ministries since 2002 that range from teaching, arts, and even music. He is currently serving in a non-profit organization that has been the proponent for Christian education here in the Philippines.
This article was originally published on https://blog.teedj.net/and-hannah-prayed/2010/