[Hanna, the mother of Samuel, prayed this prayer:]

“…if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your handmaid [she was childless BEFORE God answered her prayer] and remember, and not forget Your handmaid but will give me a son, I WILL GIVE HIMTO THE LORD ALL HIS LIFE…” (1 Sam. 1:11)

[Our Abba Father honors our commitments!]

“HANNAH PRAYED, and said, my heart exults [glories] and triumphs in the Lord; my horn [my strength] is lifted up in the Lord. My mouth is no longer silent, for it is opened wide over my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides You; THERE IS NO ROCK LIKE OUR GOD. Talk no more so very proudly; let not arrogance go forth from your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and BY HIM ACTIONS ARE WEIGHED.” (1 Sam. 2:1-3)

[God, hears what we say but then He sees WHAT WE DO! Hannah combined tears with her prayers, imitating the mercy of God, who knows our troubled souls. God gives us permission, in prayer, not only to ask for good things, but to declare that special good thing we most need and desire. She spoke tenderly, none could hear her. Here, she testified her belief of God’s knowledge and desires of the heart.]

“The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “FOR THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH ARE THE LORD’S; on them he has set the world. HE WILL GUARD THE FEET OF HIS FAITHFUL SERVANTS, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “HE WILL GIVE STRENGTH TO HIS KING [leaders] AND EXALT THE HORN OF HIS ANOINTED.” (1 Sam. 2:7-10)

[This is such an awesome prayer from a mother who was about to leave her ONLY SON in the hands of Eli, to be used of God to save Israel! A good prayer for each of us to pray over our children and grandchildren as we commit them to the work of the Lord]


Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:


-Bill Stockham