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Hannah Prayed

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Sermon shared by Brian La Croix

May 2002
Summary: Mother’s Day sermon applicable to anyone!
Denomination: *Other
Audience: General adults
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of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head."

12 As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, "How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine."

15 "Not so, my lord," Hannah replied, "I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief."

17 Eli answered, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him."

18 She said, "May your servant find favor in your eyes." Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked the LORD for him."

There are at least three principles I want us to put into practice from Hannah’s prayer, and the first is to…

I. Pray Decisively.

Hannah set her sights on praying for a son. She purposed in her heart to beg the Lord to give her this blessing.

I might add that if she had read Friday’s newspaper, she might have prayed for a girl, since a researcher in Finland found that boys may actually shorten the life-span of mothers. True!

Anyway, she was not going to be persuaded, even in the face of the encouragement of a husband who loved her and saw her pain, and expressed his love for her.

And she persisted even in the face of persecution and ridicule. Her rival was merciless in her ridicule and torture.

Let me tell you right now, if there was no better argument for banning polygamy, this would be good enough, amen?

All through Scripture, when multiple wives were had, there was nothing but strife. And this lady was a role model for meanies.

She would not be persuaded by the high priest, who seeing her lips move as she prayed, thought she was drunk. And when he saw the heart of Hannah, he blessed her and expressed his hope that her request would be granted.

Her lesson to mothers, and to all of us, is to pray decisively.

If God has laid something on your heart, then go for it.

The Bible says that if we pray according to God’s will, He hears, and He grants that what we have asked.

God had a plan for Samuel before the beginning of time. Hannah was convinced that God was capable of opening her womb, and to use her son to His glory, which He did.

Samuel went on to become the last judge of Israel, and anointed both Saul and David as kings of Israel.

So, pray decisively.

Second,…

II. Pray Specifically.

Hannah prayed for a son. But not just a son, but one who would grow up to be a servant
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