Hannah: What The Mother of One of the Greatest Prophets Can Teach Us

by Krislyn Placide

“Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?” Elkanah beseeched his despondent wife, torn by the heartbreak of infertility and tortured by the other wife of her husband, Peninnah, who had borne several children.

In the first book of Samuel, the Bible tells the story of a great woman of faith, starting at what may have been the lowest point of her life. Hannah was with her family in Shiloh, where they journeyed once a year to worship the Lord and to offer sacrifices. As she had in previous years, she fasted and prayed to conceive.

“O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head,” she cried out.

We know God answered that prayer, and Hannah gave birth to a son she named Samuel. His name means: “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.” And we also know that Hannah followed through with the vow she had made. After the child was weaned, she brought him to the prophet Eli to be trained in service to God.

We can use this scripture to reflect on how we seek the Lord for our own desires. How do you pray for the children you want or the children you have? How do you bring your heartbreak and worries to God? How do you worship Him even before your desire has manifested? How do you believe that He will fulfill His promises? How do you offer back to Him everything He has given to you?

These questions apply to us, not just as mothers of children, but as mothers of missions, visions, and dreams. There are many things we ask the Lord for; things we desire that He may also desire for us. Sometimes these things can become idols because we want them so badly.

Instead of letting our desires consume us, we can dedicate them for the glory of the Lord. In faith, we hold our hopes and plans with open hands before God. We submit to Him knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love Him.

As a creative, I dream of having platforms to express my music, art, and writing. Others may dream of starting businesses or nonprofits, serving the underserved communities, advancing political causes, or even studying apologetics. Whatever the goals we have, we can follow Hannah’s example of dedicating those dream to God’s purposes.

Disclaimer: All views expressed by those associated with this ministry or on our platforms do not necessarily represent the opinions of Women in Apologetics, Inc. or its individual team members.

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