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This devotional is about HANNAH one of many Bible Characters that she has shared over the months and we hope you enjoy it.
The bible teaches us that a gospel centred life, will have an eternal significance for us. The way we live our lives can affect others. The bible discloses stories of many influential women, who have impacted others by their actions.
1 Samuel :1
Hannah was a distraught woman, she desperately wanted children, but she remained childless because God had closed her womb. Hannah’s husband had a second wife, Peninnah and she was very cruel towards Hannah. Peninnah already had children and she used every opportunity she could find, to torment Hannah, deliberately taunting her about her barrenness.
Hannah, was understandably, very distressed and her response was to turn wholeheartedly, to God in prayer. She prayed day and night, pleading with God to give her a son. Hannah never doubted for a minute, that in God’s goodness, he would answer yes, to her prayer.
Hannah promised, that when she was blessed with a child, she would give him back to God, for his sovereign purpose.
Hannah never wavered in her conviction that the Lord would provide and she persevered with her prayerful request. She was over joyed when her son, Samuel, was born! She held the tiny baby in her arms and she remembered her promise to God. For now though, she would keep him close and love him.
Hannah must have been devastated, when Samuel was grown enough to be dedicated to God and leave her to go and live in the temple. However she never wavered from the promise she had made. God had given her a son and now she must do her part, regardless of the cost, she would honour God.
Samuel, her son was chosen by God, he was anointed to become a great prophet and priest. Hannah’s continued prayers and faithful commitment to God, enabled Samuel’s life to be anointed and Israel was blessed with a great judge and prophet. The fervent prayers of a mother were effective and showed that God cares about the oppressed and afflicted.
Prayer is a wonderful gift from God and we are free to communicate with him in this way. He hears and responds to everything we say to him, but don’t forget to thank him and show your appreciation for all he does for us. Remember that the way we live our lives, ‘will’ effect those who are around us and we should try to be a good influence.