Hannah was a woman who dearly desired to have a child, but the Lord had closed her womb. She was sad and rose up early in the morning to pray unto the Lord, weeping before him. She made a serious pledge to the Lord, if only she could have a son.
Hannah’s First Prayer
“And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmad, 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.” (I Samuel 1:11)
The Answer to Hannah’s Prayer
Hannah’s prayer was answered and she did give birth to a son, which she named Samuel. After Samuel was weaned, Hannah took him to Eli the priest. She said, “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,”
(I Samuel 1:26-27)
Hannah went on to share with us one of the most beautiful, prophetic prayers recorded in the scriptures. This was a humble woman of faith who dearly loved and revered God. Hannah in all probability never realized the words, which she spoke, would be recorded throughout history.
Hannah’s Prophetic Prayer
“And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.” (I Samuel 2:1 – 10)