Summary: Where would we be without a praying mother?
A PRAYING MOTHER
9So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. 10And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 11And 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. 12And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 15And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. 17Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
I. SHE HAD HER PROBLEMS.
A. HER PROBLEMS WERE OBVIOUS.
1. She was childless.
2. She wanted a child.
B. HER PROBLEMS WERE OVERWHEMING.
1. She was overwhelmed with guilt.
a. She was being provoked.
b. She may have wondered why she was being punished.
2. She was overwhelmed with grief.
II. SHE SAID HER PRAYERS.
A. SHE HAD ONE PETITION.
1. She prayed silently.
2. She poured out her soul.
B. SHE MADE A PROMISE.
“Give me a son and I will give him back to you.”
III. SHE KEPT HER PROMISE.
A. SAMUEL WAS BORN.
1. Hannah nursed him.
2. Hannah nurtured him.
B. SAMUEL WAS BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.
1. The Lord had granted her petition.
2. She kept her promise.
Preached by Robert Travis