Brave Women of the Bible, Hannah

We are living in a world of fear. I mean wow, I can’t even turn on the TV without hearing about the Coronavirus. It just hit our state and I received three emails this week on how my children’s school is cleaning to protect our kids against it.  No doubt about it we are surrounded right now my friends. Has your anxiety gone up? I know mine has every time I turn on that TV. So what can we do?

Well instead of feeding into the anxiety and worry that surrounding us we can be wise (Like serpents) and we can pray. Sure take all the precautions to heart but pray about it. Our God is a faithful God and he has the ability to protect us, to heal us and to grow us through this time. We can also pray that he will calm our anxiety and help us discern what is really a concern and what is the media making it a concern. Prayer is a powerful weapon at our disposal. Just think you have the ear of the God of the universe. He’s just waiting for an invitation to intervene on your behalf.

Hannah knew the power of prayer and she was very brave on how she used that power. Hannah was barren and desperately wanted a child. In 1 Samuel chapter 1 we find out that Hannah is married to El-Kanah from the country of Ephraim. He has another wife Peninnah who had children and “provoked Hannah bitterly” because she had none. Elkanah loved Hannah and when he went to sacrifice at Shiloh he brought a double portion for Hannah’s sacrifice as a way to show his love for her.

Peninnah was probably a bit jealous of Hannah for it says in verse 6, “Hannah’s rival provoked her bitterly to irritate and embarrass her, because the Lord had left her childless.” Hannah would not eat from the bullying and would cry.  After one of these times Elkanah convinced Hannah to eat and after eating she went to the temple and prayed to the Lord for a child.

Hannah prayed a very bold, brave prayer. She prayed that if God would give her a son that she would dedicate him to the Lord. That meant he would be given to the priests to be raised. He would be raised a special way and she would not be able to bring him up. Can you imagine wanting a child so badly and then giving that child away? Hannah had faith, she had trust in God and she must have loved God very much.

It says Hannah prayed so fervently her mouth was moving the words but no sound was coming out so the priest present, Eli, though that she was drunk.  He accused her of this and she explained to him in verse 15 “No my lord, I am a woman with a despairing spirit, I have not been drinking wine or any intoxicating drink but have poured out my soul before the Lord. ” She told Eli her prayer for a child and Eli said “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him,”(verse 17).

We find out that Hannah does have a baby boy named Samuel. She takes Samuel to the temple after he is weaned and there he stays. God does amazing things through Samuel and Hannah is given more children after him.

Bold prayers are scary but they are so necessary in our lives. In 2016 I prayed to be baptized by the Holy Spirit. At the time I didn’t realize what a bold prayer that is. The next months I was hit by such strong attacks that I lost almost 15 pounds. Satan does not like bold prayers. Be prepared for him to come against you but don’t let that stop you from praying. I have been set free from so much since 2016. I have a closer relationship with God than I have ever had. I would never go back to where I was. I have hope now, most days I have peace. What bold prayer do you need to pray today? Do you need to pray for protection and health and believe it will happen? Do you need to pray for hope in you marriage or a relationship? Please feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to pray with you.

 

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