From Mourning to Joy: Hannah’s Prayer

What do we do when our soul is troubled beyond all measure? When we’re in despair? Let’s consider the story of Hannah: she was one of two lives, and loved by her husband, but could bear no children, and her rival wife, Peninah, often held that matter over her head. Hannah, going up to the yearly sacrifice with her husband, Elkanah, went to the Tabernacle of God, and let poured her heart out to the Lord. She gave all of her stress and woe to God, and then, after receiving a blessing from Eli the Priest, put away her sadness, and gave her woes to God. And the Lord heard and remembered her: God gave her Samuel, who she returned to the Lord. She gave the son she promised to the service of the Lord, and would only see him once a year. She knew God’s provision, that it all belonged to Him, and God blessed her 5 times more! I’m not saying God will give you everything you want if you go to him in your woes, but He hears you, and knows what you need. He is a good Father and good provider. He will make you full when you feel empty, only trust in Him! Here is Hannah’s prayer from when the Lord heard and answered, may it bless you today! 1 Samuel 2:1-10


And Hannah prayed and said,


“My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.


“There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world.


“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”




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