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Hannah And Her Answered Prayer - Bible Study

Updated on March 21, 2016

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Bible Study -  I Samuel
Bible Study - I Samuel

Hannah, Prayer and Obedience

Hannah is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. She rates somewhere after David and Paul. Even though she is in only one of the chapters of the Bible, her life offers some important lessons.

We find Hannah in I Samuel Chapter 1. Hannah was married to a man by the name of Elkanah. Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah didn’t have any.

Hannah's Husband Loved her Even Though She was Childless

Even though Hannah didn’t have any children, Elkanah loved her very much and treated her well. The Bible says he went to Shiloh every year to worship and sacrifice. When he made offerings to the Lord, he gave to Peninnahis (his other wife), and to her sons and daughters portions, but to Hannah he gave a double portion since she had no children. He really didn’t need to do this, but he did because he loved Hannah so much.

Peninnah, liked to pick on Hannah because she had no children. The Bible says: “And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.”(I Samuel 1:6). So it appears that Hannah and Pininnah didn’t get along well.

Marriage to more than one woman was allowed at that time if the first wife wasn’t able to bear children. Then as now, it didn’t work well to have more than one wife.

Peninnah continued to choose her every year as they went up to the House of the Lord. Hannah would become so upset that she would cry and not eat. Peninnah was probably jealous because Elkanah loved Hannah so much.

Hannah Prays

Elkanah asked Hannah why she was so upset and said “Am not I better to thee then ten sons?” Hannah got up after they had eaten and prayed to God and cried. She vowed to the Lord if He would give her a son that she would give the son back to Him to serve Him all the days of the son’s life.

Because Hannah prayed silently, Levi the priest thought that she was drunk. He told her to put the wine away. She let Levi know that she wasn’t drunk but that she was just upset and praying.

Eli told her to leave in peace and that the Lord would answer her prayer. Hannah left and her attitude was changed because now she was sure that the Lord would give her a child. Now she was able to eat again and be happy, because she had faith in God.

Sure enough when Hannah and her husband went home she became pregnant and later had Samuel. Not only did God give her a son, but he was to become a great prophet that is one of the great characters in the Bible.

Once Samuel was weaned, she took him to the temple and gave him to Levi to serve God there. This had to be a great sacrifice on Hannah’s part, but she obeyed God and kept her vow.

Hannah is a woman that we all should strive to be like. When Hannah was picked on by the second wife, she became depressed but she didn't lash out, instead she turned to God for help.

Hannah's Prayer is Answered

Hannah also believed that God would answer her prayer just as soon as Levi told her God would. She showed great faith and because of her faith God blessed her with answered prayer. Not only was she blessed with one son, but later she had other children.

As soon as God answered Hannah's prayer, she praised and thanked him. We need to be sure that we immediately thank God and praise him when our prayers are answered. A good idea is to praise him even before the prayer is answered to show our faith that he will do something it. The answer may be no, but even then God knows what is best for us better than we do. I forget to praise him in advance sometimes, but I try to do it.

Hannah obeyed when it was a very hard thing to do. Aren't there times when you and I don't do the right thing because of fear of others or because we don't want to give up what we have?I know I can be guilty of this. I want to be more like Hannah and I hope you do too.


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    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      manatita44, thanks for reading and commenting. I'm happy you enjoyed it.

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      7 years ago from london

      Faith and gratitude, amongst other things. So important!!

      Thank you so much, Barbara

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Writer Fox, Thanks for the info.

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      Writer Fox 

      7 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hannah chose his name because his birth was God's answer to her prayer.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Writer Fox, Thanks for your comments. I didn't know that his name means God heard.

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      Writer Fox 

      7 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I very much enjoyed this commentary about Hannah. Hannah named her son Shmu'el (Samual) which means in the Hebrew 'God heard.' The boy grew up to be a great prophet in Israel and he was the one who anointed David as King.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      9 years ago from USA

      summerberrie, I have done that for years, but haven't been lately. Thanks for the reminder you gave me! Thanks for reading the hub and thanks for commenting.

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      9 years ago

      Barbra Kay-thanks for the inspiration. I like the reminder of thanking God in advance, knowing He always answers.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      10 years ago from USA

      Grams Study, I agree. Thanks for commenting.

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      Grams Study 

      10 years ago

      enjoyed the Hub prayer is never out of date

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      10 years ago from USA

      FaithDream, Thanks for commenting and I am happy you enjoyed it.

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      10 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      This is a remarkable story of a woman with great faith. I like what you said,"A good idea is to praise him even before the prayer is answered to show our faith that he will do something."

      That shows what great faith really is. And to praise Him in the storms.

      Nice article.. thanks for sharing Hannah's story.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      10 years ago from USA

      mattmilamii, Thanks for reading my hub. I think you should write a hub on Hannah also. You have a lot of good things to say.

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      Matthew Milam II 

      10 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God

      Dear Barbara Kay,

      Hannnah shows us an example of just how effective the prayers of the faithful can be. It has been said that each of us are present in this life because of the prayers of someone who came before us. I know my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents all prayed for a better future... not just for themselves but the family descendents as well. There is also a lesson in devotion, illustrated here as well. Hannah shows her devotion to God by letting her "YES" be a "YES." Often we backslide after receiving what we ask God for. It's easy once we've been blessed to put God on hold with our worship. Hannah made good on her word and sacrificed her first born in commitment to God. In the end both her son Samuel, as well as Hannah herself are remembered in God's Word for their greatness in the Kingdom.

      Good subject and insightful teaching...


    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      11 years ago from USA

      Specialk3729, Yes, it had to be very hard for her. I can't even imagine it. Thanks for reading and voting up the hub.

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      Karen Metz 

      11 years ago from Michigan

      I admire Hannah too! It would have been so hard to have to give your baby away after raising him for 3 years, but she kept her promise and Samuel became a great man of God. Voted up from me!

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      11 years ago from USA

      Thanks Angela.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      If these had a like button, I would have pushed it. :) Well, I guess it has a rate it button *up!


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