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Hannah’s Request

‘Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the LORD… I rejoice in Your salvation.”’
– 1 Samuel 2:1

When have you really wanted something? We all know what it feels like to long for something desperately, for something, such as a life-giving job, a significant other, a repaired relationship, a sense of purpose, or a friend to connect with.

In the Bible Hannah desired something with every fiber of her being — a child — and this yearning caused her deep pain. The Bible says Hannah finally went to the temple to seek the Lord’s help.

There she
prayed… and wept in anguish. — 1 Samuel 1:10

You may know how the story goes. When Eli the priest saw her pray, he accused her of being drunk. Hannah explained she was full of sorrow, not wine:

[I] have poured out my soul before the LORD… Out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken. — 1 Samuel 1:15–16

Taken aback, Eli then blessed Hannah and asked the Lord to grant her request.


Eventually Hannah got her happy ending: a son, then five more children.

When you deeply long for something and pour out your heart to God, do you finish with gratitude, knowing He hears you?
Or do you wait to respond until you receive?

Be thankful, for the God of all creation hears your prayers, just as He heard Hannah’s.

Dear Father, I rejoice that you hear my words of prayer. I rejoice in Your gifts and answers even as I wait for them. Thank You for all You send my way. Thank you for your love and faithfulness. Thank you for answered prayers. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.