Happy New Year. The Story of Samuel is an amazing one of the transformation of a Nation. Samuel’s impact on Israel can only be described as awesome. When He was born, Israel had sunken to miserable depths of sin and distance from God. The various judges had allowed the nation to slide into sin and idol worship. The story in Samuel is a transformation story. The majority of the story of Samuel is not about Samuel–it is about the lives he touched by being faithful. So, even in his entering the scene, there is a great story of transformation.
Hannah, was a wife of Elkanah. Elkanah loved his wife Hannah, but Hannah could not have children. In her culture, that was a great failure. While her Husband never made her feel unloved she never felt complete. So, Hannah became a fervent prayer warrior. She prayed that if God would give her a son, he would be given to God as a nazarite. She prayed and prayed until the day Eli–the Chief Priest saw her praying in anguish…still no child. Little did she know, that prayer she prayed in the sight of the chief priest, would change the world.
We have to remember that prayer is not the preparation for the greater work; it is the greater work. While often it seems that we are praying without noticeable results, we have to remember that God hears our prayer, and in his time will do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever hope or dream. We must never give up or give in to the enemy’s attempts to discount the power of prayer. God loves us, hears us, and in His time will sustain us–if we will simply trust and follow Him.
God Bless You
There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite[a] from the hill country of Ephraim,whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord.4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portionbecause he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”