This sermon was based on 1 Samuel 1:1-20
The Birth of Samuel
12As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” 15But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. 16Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 17Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” 18And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
Hannah is Not in a Good Place
- Hannah was childless, mocked and provoked by others and her husband does not understand.
- Hannah’s heart was broken, she was experiencing bitterness, deep sadness, perhaps even hopelessness and depression
- Hannah was isolated and tempted to find her identity in things other than God, in romance and love or in societies view of her.
How Does Hannah Pray When Life is Awful?
- She approaches God. She goes to pray even though it causes her pain and she is mocked and misunderstood in doing it!
- She prays her pain. Hannah is honest with God about how she feels and she calls on him to remember her.
- She reminds God of their relationship. She humbles herself as his servant and reminds him that she is committed to him and he to her.
- She commits her most precious desire to God. This is a hard thing for her to do and she doesn’t take it lightly.
What Happens After Hannah Prays?
- Hannah’s heart changes. She wants what God wants, she becomes a ‘Kingdom First’ person.
- Peace comes even thought the situation hasn’t changed. Hannah’s heart is no longer sad, she doesn’t give in to the temptation of bitterness, her eyes have been lifted to see the bigger picture.
- God moves. Hannah falls pregnant, God shows himself in the ordinary things of life. The ordinary then becomes extraordinary because Hannah has given it to God, Samuel becomes God’s prophet and the one who anoints kings.