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Hannah Never Gave Up Praying

on February 20, 2015


Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 1:10

Life Application: Never give up praying because God hears and answers your prayers.


Bible Text:

Psalm 127:3

Luke 1:25

1 Samuel 1:1-2

1 Samuel 1:3

1 Samuel 1:4-6

1 Samuel 1:7-11

1 Samuel 1:12–16

1 Samuel 1:17

1 Samuel 1:18-19

1 Samuel 1:20

1 Samuel 1:21-28

In Israel during Biblical times, children were considered a gift from God. To be childless was considered shameful.

Psalm 127:3 NKJV

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

When a woman finally had a child she felt as though the reproach she had perversely experienced was removed.

Luke 1:25 NKJV

“Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

Hannah, one of two wives of Elkanah, had no children, although she had been married for some time. Elkanah other wife, Peninnah, had children.

1 Samuel 1:1-2 NKJV

“Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.”

Each year Elkanah family would faithfully go to Shiloh and worship and offer a sacrifice to God. During this time people went to offer sacrifices to God for various reasons.

1 Samuel 1:3 NKJV

“This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.”

Hannah was loved very much by her husband, even though she did not have any children. Elkanah treated her very kindly and special. He even gave her a double portion of the offering to give to God.

1 Samuel 1:4-6 NKJV

“And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb.””

Peninnah teased Hannah year after year because she did not have any children. The teasing hurt Hannah so much it caused her to lose her appetite. Her childlessness affected her whole outlook on life. She could not even see her many blessings, such as God’s goodness in giving her a loving husband.

1 Samuel 1:7-11 NKJV

“So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “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?” So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “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.”

Hannah cried out to God, asking the Lord to give her a son. She earnestly, specifically, and believingly prayed to Him.

1 Samuel 1:12–16 NKJV

“And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.”

Hannah was praying so hard that her lips were moving but she wasn‘t making a sound., Eli, the priest, accused her of being drunk. She explained to Eli, the priest, that she was not drunk, but praying, because she was very sad.

1 Samuel 1:17 NKJV

“Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”

Eli told Hannah to go in peace. He reminded Hannah that as she brought her request to God in faith, she could have peace knowing that He would answer in the way best for her.

1 Samuel 1:18-19 NKJV

“And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her.”

After speaking to Eli, Hannah was no longer sad or unhappy. She went her way rejoicing, knowing that God had truly heard her prayer. The next day Elkanah and his family returned home.

1 Samuel 1:20 NKJV

“So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

In time God answered Hannah’s prayer. Hannah had a son and she named him Samuel, which means “Heard by God.” After Samuel was weaned, Hannah took him to the house of God, where he lived and grew up. Hannah praised and thanked God for giving her a son.

1 Samuel 1:21-28 NKJV

“Now the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may appear before the Lord and remain there forever.” So Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him. Only let the Lord establish His word.” Then the woman stayed and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord in Shiloh. And the child was young.
Then they slaughtered a bull, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, “O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.” So they worshiped the Lord there.”



1.We are to never give up ___________________ because God hears and answers your prayers.

2. In Israel during Biblical times, children were considered a _________ ______ _____________.

3. Who were Elkanah two wives?

4. Each year Elkanah’s family would faithfully go to _______________ and worship and offer a sacrifice to God.

5. Hannah was ______________ very much by her husband.

6. How did Elkanah treat Hannah?



7. How did Peninnah treat Hannah?


8. Hannah’s childlessness affected her whole _________________ on life.

9. Hannah earnestly, specifically, and believingly ___________________ to God for a baby.

10. Why did Eli think Hannah was drunk?


11. After speaking to Eli Hannah left in peace knowing that God would ________________ in the way best for her.

12. God _______________ Hannah by giving her a son and she named him Samuel.

13. What does Samuel mean?

14. What did Hannah do after Samuel was weaned?



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