The life of Hannah is distinguished by beauty, humility, grace, prayer, and femininity
by Vanessa White
One key factor about the life of Hannah was that she was a praying woman. The definition of a woman who never ceased praying, 1 Thessalonians 5:17. She was skilled in prayer and fervent supplication; Hannah sought the Lord alone for her heart’s desire. She lived a life of worship. She has access to God’s ear; God heard her prayers. Hannah was like the Proverbs 31 Woman who suffered nothing from laziness or idleness. Proverbs 31:27, “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Prayer is no loafer work.
Read 1 Samuel 1:19-27
They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord.”[a]1 samuel 1:19-20
Praise the Lord, for Hannah’s heart of worship and coming before the Lord in prayer and petition; “For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him”: 1 Samuel 1:27.
The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the Lord and dwell there forever.” 23 Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him; only, may the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. 1 Samuel 1:21-23
Hannah had initially first made the vow but this vow is also known as Elkanah’s Vow as well. He took the initiative as the head of the household and fulfilled it. What a godly husband! Hannah stayed back home and this was not because of a lack of commitment or faith it was because of her mother’s heart to care and nurse her son, she had wisdom in caring for her child’s heart and well-being. Precious Hannah!
And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull,[b] an ephah[c] of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. And the child was young. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. 26 And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. 27 For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. 1 Samuel 1:24-27
Hannah kept her vow and relinquished her son to the LORD, she was returning him to God. She gave her son Samuel to God all the days of her life.
Sometimes, it is hard to relinquish our dreams, hopes, goals, desires, and loved ones to the Lord.
Hannah relinquished her son Samuel to Eli with thanksgiving as joy V. 2:1 she kept her promise to the Lord.
I don’t know what you may need to relinquish over to the Lord, maybe a relationship; a lost loved one, a broken marriage, your children, or a desire for children, whatever it is ask the LORD what do you need to relinquish over to Him?
Our God sees, and He knows, and while there are no easy answers, all the pain—all the desires we can leave them with God– knowing He has a perfect plan. Romans 8:28.
God will never abandon us; as women, let’s remember
God’s ears are always open to the cries of His children. He hears their cries, pleads, prayers and petitions. We read about the biblical men and women who have gone before us; they were strong in faith and in prayer they,
“… subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”
Hebrews 11:33-34 NKJV
There is power in prayer. LORD, help us never to cease praying.
Read Hannah’s Prayer and take a look at her heart and how she prays. We see her Faith is God, The Rock of her Salvation!
Her prayers are of a passionate and effective nature.
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My [a]horn is exalted in the Lord.
[b]I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
“No one is holy like the Lord,1 Samuel 2:1-2
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
Read 1 Samuel 2:1-11
Hannah A Biblical Woman
PRACTICAL WAYS TO CULTIVATE BIBLICAL BEAUTY AND FEMININITY
Let us take a look at Hannah’s feminine character,
- Persistent in prayer
- Hannah sought the Lord
- She kept her promise to the Lord
- She gave her son to the Lord
- She devoted her child to the Lord
- She was a loving Mother
- She served God in the face of her rival Peninnah
- She went to the house of the Lord to worship despite persecution, conflict, heartache, deep anguish, and trials.
- She’s a woman of faith
- Trusted in the provision of God
- She worshiped
- She humbled herself
- She kept her vow unto the Lord
- Poured her heart out before the Lord
- Trusted Him to hear her prayer
- Hannah gave God the glory
- She gave God praise and honor
- Her heart rejoiced in the Lord
- She rejoiced in God’s salvation
- She had a holy reverence for the Lord
- She knew the Lord, will fight her battles
- She thought about eternity
- She smiled at her enemies
- She prayed spiritual warfare prayers against the hands of the enemy.
- She gloried in her redeemer
- She knew the outcome of the wicked
- She knew God, will judge in His righteousness
- She knew God and His Sovereignty
- She knew God as protector
- She knew Vengeance was the Lord’s
- She was about her Fathers business
- Hannah was surrendered to God
Dear heavenly Father,
Almighty and everlasting God, You are sovereign and the eternal King forever. We praise You and give You all the glory. Your word tells us that You incline your ear to the cries of Your children. You are a giver of all good things. You take great delight in blessing, Your children. The life of Hannah is alluringly beautiful; her character is of excellence– she is full of humility, praise, and worship, please, O LORD, make me Your precious daughter who honors You in every area of my life. Teach me how to pray, to commune with You, teach me how to love the way You do.
I want to live a life of worship and life that brings You glory. Help me to be a godly woman full of life and full of joy. Enable me to be empowered by Your Holy Spirit, give me self-control, wisdom, and discernment so that I may walk in Your will and Your calling for my life. LORD, I surrender, take this life, and let it be a sweet fragrance unto You.
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