Hannah: Humble Petitioner

prayingFor this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.
— 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (ESV)

To Read: 1 Samuel 1

Biblical Synopsis: Hannah was anguished and afflicted because she was barren and made fun of by her husband’s other wife, Peninah. Out of “bitterness of soul,” Hannah prayed to the Lord begging for a son and vowed to give the son back to the Lord.

Application for Today: Hannah longed for a child and as if her grief wasn’t already hard to bear, Peninah made fun of her bareness and her husband said “Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

In desperation, Hannah went to the tent of meeting and called out to the Lord. As she prayed, Hannah referred to herself as a servant of the Lord three times (v. 11). She was keenly aware of her humble position before God demonstrating her piety.

Yet, her humble position did not prevent her from pouring out her heart to the Lord and presenting her request before him. At first, the high priest Eli mistook Hannah’s passionate actions as belonging to a drunk woman.

Hannah also made a bold offer to the Lord: If God gave her a son, she would give the son back to him. No other woman in Scripture is recorded to have nothing anything like this. Hannah’s pious vow was unprecedented.

As she left the tent of meeting, Hannah’s countenance changed. She was no longer sad (v. 18). Hannah poured out her sorrows to the Lord, made her request, and left it in God’s hands.

Whatever our difficult situation today, we can bring our petitions to God and leave them with him knowing that he is faithful to answer our prayers in accordance with his will.