Theme: God Hears The Prayers of His Saints

  • Text: 1 Samuel 1:9-28 NLT
    • Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle. 10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. 11 And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.”
    • 12 As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. 13 Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. 14 “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!” 15 “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. 16 Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.” 17 “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.” 18 “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.
    • 19 The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the Lord once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her plea, 20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”
    • 21 The next year Elkanah and his family went on their annual trip to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and to keep his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go. She told her husband, “Wait until the boy is weaned. Then I will take him to the Tabernacle and leave him there with the Lord permanently.” 23 “Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for now, and may the Lord help you keep your promise.” So she stayed home and nursed the boy until he was weaned.
    • 24 When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bull for the sacrifice and a basket of flour and some wine. 25 After sacrificing the bull, they brought the boy to Eli. 26 “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. 27 I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. 28 Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.
  • Interesting Facts
    • Hannah's prayer reflects her life of faith.
  • Chiastic Structure: Samuel's Birth (1 Sam 1:9-28)
    • A (1:9-18) Dialogue between Hannah and Eli
      • B (1:19-20) I asked Yahweh for him. (1S1:20)
    • A' (1:21-23) Dialogue between Hannah and Elkanah
      • B' (1:24-28) Yahweh has granted me what I asked of him (1S1:27)
  • A Bite Size Review of verses 1-8
    • We learned about the family into which Samuel was born: His parents were carnal bigamists who conformed to the culture of their day (v.1-2).
    • We also considered the deep sorrow and broken heart of Samuel's mother, Hannah: She was helpless, hopeless, in anguish and agony (v.3-8).
  • The Focus for this Workshop
    • The stressful circumstances of Samuel's mother: She prayed and trusted in God (v.9-18).
    • The kindness of the God of Hannah (19-28)
  • Cross-References
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT Prayer
      • Always be joyful. [17] Never stop praying. [18] Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
    • 1 Samuel 4:18 NLT Eli
      • When the messenger mentioned what had happened to the Ark of God, Eli fell backward from his seat beside the gate. He broke his neck and died, for he was old and overweight. He had been Israel’s judge for forty years.
    • Genesis 30:22-24 NLT Barren to Fruitful
      • Then God remembered Rachel’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children. [23] She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. “God has removed my disgrace,” she said. [24] And she named him Joseph, for she said, “May the LORD add yet another son to my family.”
    • Jeremiah 1:4-7 NLT God's call upon Jeremiah to serve Him was not unlike Samuel's call.
      • The LORD gave me this message: [5] “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” [6] “O Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” [7] The LORD replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.
    • James 4:13-16 NLT Believe and trust God. Put no confidence in the flesh.
      • Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” [14] How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. [15] What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” [16] Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
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  • Prayer: A primary theme that should be of interest to you as you study verses 9-18.
    • Example of— Trust,
    • Example of— Distress,
    • Solution to— Sorrow,
    • Solution to— Discouragement,
    • Solution to— Agony and Anguish,
    • Solution to— Hopelessness,
    • Solution to— Helplessness
  • Discovery
    • Why did Hannah's misery peak during the time of the festival?
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      • Hannah's bitter misery peaked at one of the festivals, and she rushed to the Tabernacle to pray and seek the Lord.
    • How would you sum up Hannah's family situation and her prayer/plea to God?
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    • Did Hannah take comfort and hope after she prayed?
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    • What do you notice in the physical signs recorded in this chapter?
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    • How do you think Hannah reacted when she realized she was to have a baby?
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    • How many different ways did Hannah describe herself in her conversation with Eli?
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    • How does your faith in God compare to Hannah's faith in God?
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    • Has God proven to be faithful in your life?
    • Hebrews 11:1-2,32-35 NLT
    • Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. [2] Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. [32] How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. [33] By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, [34] quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. [35] Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.
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    • What did Hannah promise our Lord?
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    • Why didn't Hannah go to the tabernacle at Shiloh to offer sacrifices to the Lord with her husband?
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    • What event would mark the time for Hannah to be able to go to Shiloh to offer sacrifices to God?
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    • Good God fearing mothers and fathers are needed to point children to Christ. Have you given your children back to God?
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    • Have you ever given back to God what He has so kindly given you?
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    • How do you respond while going through difficult situations in life?
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  • Your questions and Thoughts
    • God answers prayer!
      • "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24).
      • "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16).
      • "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
      • "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him" (Psalms 28:7).
    • Hannah, Samuel's mother, is a dynamic example of faithfulness to God.
      • She was faithful to her commitments. When she made a promise to God, she kept her promise. She did exactly what she said. Her word was her bond. She was faithful to the Lord, and her faithfulness speaks volumes to us.
      • When we make a promise to God, we must fulfill our promise. We must keep our word, do exactly what we say. Often during a crisis, we will make some vow to God, a promise...
        • to give up something
        • to change our lives
        • to make some gift to the church
        • to repent and return to the Lord
        • to receive Christ as our Savior
        • to serve the Lord in the ministry
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