It wasn’t all sunshine and roses for Hannah, she was childless and not by choice. In the midst of that, her husband Elkanah’s other wife Peninnah had children 1Sam. 1:2 KJV, And he had two wives; the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Hannah was in pain and exasperated by Peninnah. 1Sam. 1:6-7 KJV, And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
Hannah prayed and petition the Lord. In 1Sam. 1:10-11 KJV And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. Hannah was very specific in her request, she said a man child, this is a reminder of Phil 4:6-7 KJV Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. In God’s timing, Hannah did conceive, 1Sam. 1:20 KJV Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. Hannah remembered her prayer, and kept her vow and reminded the Lord. 1Sam. 1:26-28 KJV, And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. 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.
Hannah was so thankful for what God had done she began to pray. Let’s look at Hannah’s Prayer in 1Sam. 2:1-10 KJV, she first reverences the Lord, then warned of the proud and arrogance, we can connect this to several people in the Bible, Eli’s sons, the Philistines, and David’s son Absalom. Her prayer includes how the Lord maketh poor and maketh rich, which is also mentioned in Proverbs 22:2 KJV, The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all. Hannah goes on further and tells how the Lord bringeth low the wicked and I think about Nebuchadnezzar, Saul, and Haman. And God lifteth up the righteous and of course we recall the stories of Job, David, and Mordecai and at the end of her prayer in verse 10 she let it be known by God alone actions are weighed.
Hannah conceived, remembering her vow to the Lord and kept the vow – the sacrifice of giving her son Samuel to serve the Lord. God ended up blessing Hannah with more children. 1Sam. 2:21KJV, And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. And Samuel became a prophet of the Lord 1Sam 19-20 KJV, And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.
God knows our heart and he wants us to bring our sorrows and troubles to him, or whatever it is you may be going through. No situation is too big for God. Amen. Trust in his timing and believe that he hears your prayers. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20 KJV.