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Summary: Study an example of wholehearted devotion to God in the story of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1-2.

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DARING DEVOTION

1 Samuel 1, 2

The story begins with a mom

Hannah–“All In” devotion

• A noble desire

“. . . Why be so sad just because you have no children? You have me–isn’t that better than having ten sons?” 1 Samuel 1:8 (NLT)

• Lifestyle of prayer and worship

“. . . Hannah went over to the Tabernacle . . . in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the LORD . . .” 1 Samuel 1:9,10 (NLT)

• Calling given by God

“And she made this vow: ‘O LORD Almighty, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son . . .’” 1 Samuel 1:11 (NLT)

• Prepares her child for God’s purpose

“He will be yours for his entire lifetime . . .” 1 Samuel 1:11 (NLT)

“. . . She named him Samuel, for she said, ‘I asked the LORD for him.’” 1 Samuel 1:20

“Now I am giving him to the LORD, and he will belong to the LORD his whole life . . .”

1 Samuel 1:28 (NLT)

• Trusts God

“. . . O LORD Almighty, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the LORD . . .” 1 Samuel 1:11

• Defines herself

“. . . I am the woman who stood here praying to the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:26 (NLT)

• Finds strength in prayer

“Then Hannah prayed: ‘My heart rejoices in the LORD! Oh, how the LORD has blessed me! . . . I delight in your deliverance.’” 1 Samuel 2:1 (NLT)

• Encouraging

“Each year his mother made a small coat for him and brought it to him when she came with her husband for the sacrifice.” 1 Samuel 2:19 (NLT)

LESSONS OF DARING DEVOTION

• God builds greatness out of barrenness

• Worship is the way through

• Embrace God’s plan and purpose

I’M ALL IN: MOTHER’S DAY

“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you.” Exodus 20:12 (NLT)

“Listen, my child . . . Don’t neglect your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8 (NLT)

“So give your parents joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.” Proverbs 23:25 (NLT)

“Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her.” Proverbs 31:28 (NLT)


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