But I wanted to share my heart with you about Hannah over the Christmas holidays to speak to the value of living a life of prayer and believing in our prayers because that was the kind of woman Hannah was.
Hannah would bear a son, who would be called Samuel, and who, himself, would grow up to become a man of prayer because of his mother’s witness.
Makes you want to ask yourself, "What is my witness?"
The name Samuel means “asked of the Lord.”
What are you asking the Lord about today?
Hannah had a character that I would best describe as unblemished, pious, emotional, patient, trustworthy, faithful. (Sigh.)
- Hannah prayed “My mouth is enlarged over mine enemies because I rejoice in thy salvation
- Hannah prayed: “There is none holy as the Lord
4. Mary prayed: "For he that is mighty hath done great things and holy is his name"
5. Mary prayed: "And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation"
- Hannah prayed: "Neither is there any rock like our God"
Hannah prayed and believed just like Mary prayed and believed.
Hannah dedicated her son to God. Mary dedicated God's Son back to Him.
Are we willing to wait on God’s answer
or do we try to work things out by ourselves again and again?
During this Christmas season, I can't help thinking about how Hannah’s faith was greatly tested. But when she was at her end, her husband encouraged her only in the Lord. Remember when he said, “Am I not better to thee than ten sons?”
This enabled Hannah to lift her spirits and go on. And as she did, she continued praying and believing and waiting for God provide her the answer. Then she had the faith to believe in what He could do.