Day 25

Hannah



1 Samuel 1:1-2:2, 1 Samuel 2:18-21

BY Amanda Bible Williams

I bow in worship every morning when I wake up.

I slap the alarm notification on my phone for the third time, silently and sleepily vowing to get to bed earlier tonight than the night before. When the second alarm goes off, also for the third time (I set at least two because morning and I are not buddies), I slap the screen again. This time I rub my eyes and keep them open. Then, I put the phone down and get up.

Except, before I put the phone down and get up, I check my notifications. Relax! It’ll only take a minute! And as one minute becomes 10 or 20, I scroll through texts, emails, and social media, nonchalantly consuming whatever happens to flash on the screen. Before I step foot out of bed, I’ve set my heart and mind at the feet of my iPhone.

I bow in worship every morning when I wake up. But sometimes I bow to the wrong thing.

Maybe my tendency to distraction is why my heart is so drawn to Hannah’s story. I listened again to these first two chapters of 1 Samuel just this morning, and I felt a flutter in my chest as the chapters repeated. In only a few pages, Scripture describes Hannah praying again and again to the Lord, pouring out her heart, bowing in worship. I’m sure she wasn’t perfect—but, oh, how she prayed!

Hannah’s prayers were not obligatory, half-hearted, or empty. She prayed honestly and openly; she prayed as if her life depended on it. “Deeply hurt, Hannah prayed to the Lord and wept with many tears,” we read in 1 Samuel 1:10. “I’ve been praying from the depth of my anguish and resentment,” she said. From the depth of her anguish and resentment. The good, the bad, and the painful—Hannah brought it all to her God as an act of worship.

In fact, she prayed so earnestly that a priest named Eli accused her of being drunk when he watched her at the tabernacle. “Hannah was praying silently, and though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard” (1 Samuel 1:13).

I like to pray out loud when I drive because I think anyone observing will assume I’m talking on the phone. Evidently, Hannah wouldn’t have given it enough thought to care.

So what is it about Hannah that gives her the kind of worshipping heart I long to have?

Why is prayer Hannah’s first resort instead of her last?

The Bible does not tell us outright, but I think we’re given some solid clues.

She believes in God’s power. Hannah approaches God with reverence (“Lord of Hosts, if you will take notice of your servant’s affliction…”) and she asks boldly for His blessing (“remember and [do] not forget me…”).

She trusts in God’s goodness. Hannah offers her beloved son Samuel as God’s servant before he is even conceived (“I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life…”). My mama-heart can hardly imagine such trusting resolve.

She rests in God’s presence. We get a glimpse of how Hannah responds in sorrow (“I am a woman with a broken heart… I’ve been pouring out my heart before the Lord”) and even how she begins her day in the midst of hard times of waiting (“Elkanah and Hannah got up early to bow in worship before the Lord”).

Hannah’s habit of prayer was less about her goodness and more about God’s greatness.

After Samuel’s birth, Hannah carried her son up to the tabernacle, dedicating him to the Lord. It’s here that we see her back where she started in Chapter 1: presenting her whole self in prayer before God. Though her prayers of anguish had become a song of thanksgiving, Hannah’s posture was still the same. In supplication and in praise, she bowed in worship before the Lord.

I don’t honestly worship my inbox or my Instagram feed, but I do turn to empty distractions rather than turning my eyes to Jesus. I don’t truly believe prayer is pointless, but the opportunities I don’t take to bow before the Lord make me wonder.

Oh, Lord, please forgive me for giving my worshipful glances and prayerful pleas to anyone and anything other than you!

Sisters, we serve a powerful, loving, and good God—the God who is like no other.

When our lives ache with need, may we bring them to the throne. When our hearts break, may we pour them out to God. When we rise in the morning, may we rise in worship.

“There is no one holy like the Lord. There is no one besides You!”
– 1 Samuel 2:2

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  1. allie1401 says:

    Not only does Hannah praise the Lord, she GIVES the son FOR WHOM she prayed to grow up in the temple with the priests so he could serve the Lord! She gives back that for which she asked! I can’t imagine praying that hard for a child, only to give them to be raised by others – what sacrifice, trust, gratefulness, and true worship! Hannah TRULY LOVED the Lord. Above all!

  2. Hannahrambles says:

    Thank you. This passage means so much to me right now. I too am Hannah and I too don’t have any children despite longing and trying. Everyone around me seems to be having children or getting pregnant. In my sadness and prayers, I often think of the similarities between me and my Biblical namesake, we don’t have the children we long for, we pray to God that He will rectify that. And we are loved. I also need to be reminded of the differences between us. Bible Hannah is so more faithful than I and exalts God in a way I need to imitate. This passage is incredibly powerful for me.

  3. Hannah says:

    I feel quite challenged by God about what Hannah’s husband said… “Am I not enough for you” I’m single and although I want husband & children I feel at this time the challenge to me is will I allow God to be enough.

    1. Cameron Mullins says:

      I feel you gf! I am getting incredibly impatient in the relationship category. i feel so selfish when I ask God to send me my guy already. I want a love story so bad, but I forget that I belong to the greatest love story ever written. Praying for you today sister!

      1. Phila Khumalo says:

        This chapter touches my heart I have been married for 15 years we have been praying for a child. I have so many children in my lifetime to feel the void of because I have so much love to give. Hoping that God will see my giving to other children and bless me with my own children it is an unbearable pain. I will not seas to pray for I believe that there is nothing impossible with God. In Jesus name I pray earnestly though at times I need strength to carry on.

  4. Karyn says:

    Thank you :)

  5. Kristen says:

    Thank you for your honesty- I think we can all relate. Thank you for calling us to use our time more wisely and to put our focus back where it belongs.

  6. Marquia says:

    I needed this ❤️

  7. Maria says:

    This was so beautifully convincing. I too do the same thing, wake up in the morning and spend a good 15-20 minutes scrolling through my feeds. Ugh, imagine how much more fruit I would see by taking all of that time to bask in the presence of the Lord and give Him my very first moments of the day. Lord give me strength and discipline to strive to seek you first!

  8. Felicity says:

    Hitting home right now.

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