A Praying Mother
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Forest Hills Baptist Church
May 10, 2020
Pastor Rich Hardeman
Title: A Praying Mother
1 Samuel 1&2
“Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country 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. 2 He had two wives: the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.” 1 Samuel 1:1-2 (NASB)
I. Hannah was in a terrible situation.
“When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters; 5 but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat. 8 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, ‘Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?’” 1 Samuel 1:4-8 (NASB)
II. In her anguish, Hannah to the Tabernacle to pray.
“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 son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.’” 1 Samuel 1:11 (NASB)
III. Eli, the High Priest blessed her and promised her prayer would be answered.
“Then Eli answered and said, ‘Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.’ 18 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.”
1 Samuel 1: 17-18(NASB)
IV. Hannah was blessed for her faith and obedience.
“She said, “Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. 27 For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. 28 So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.” 1 Samuel 1:26-28 (NASB)
“The Lord visited Hannah; and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew before the Lord.”
1 Samuel 2:21 (NASB)