Hannah: A Godly Mother
1 Samuel 1:26-28 (NIV)
26and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
1. Hannah means “favor,” or “grace”
2. She was devout in worship and prayer (1 Samuel 1:10, 21).
3. Hannah suffered at the hands of her rival, Peninnah, for both were married to Elkanah and Peninnah could have children but Hannah was barren (1 Samuel 1:6-7).
4. She was loved by her husband (1 Samuel 1:5).
5. She prayed for a son from the Lord and vowed she would dedicate the child to the Lord if He would only grant her request (1 Samuel 1:11).
6. Eli the priest saw her praying silently and supposed her to be drunk for her lips moved though she did not speak (1 Samuel 1:13-14)
7. God answered her prayer for a son (1 Samuel 1:20).
8. Hannah was careful to fulfill her vow to the Lord and dedicated him to the priesthood at an early age (1 Samuel 1:24-28).
9. She composed a Prayerful, Poetic Hymn of Praise which became a model for Mary’s song (1 Samuel 2:1-10; Luke 1:46-55).
10. After Hannah had given her son to minister to the Lord before Eli the priest, she continued to care for her son, making him a little robe and bringing it to him each year when she came with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice (1 Samuel 2:18-19).
11. The Lord visited Hannah so that she conceived and bore her husband five more children, three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:20, 21).
1. God hears and answers prayers from the heart, even when they are prayed silently.
2. God cares about our troubles.
3. Children are a gift from God.
4. Rearing children and homemaking are honorable and worthy occupations.
5. God honors those who honor him.
6. Vows are serious and though costly, are to be honored.
1. Pray to God in faith, knowing that he hears even our silent prayers.
2. Treat children as a gift from God.
3. Dedicate children to the Lord and raise them to serve Him.
4. Take the responsibility of motherhood seriously.
5. Honor God and keep your vows to Him.