Hannah was a woman who could not have children because “the Lord had closed her womb” (1 Samuel 1:5). Like Abraham and Sarah, having a child meant more than life itself yet Hannah was unable to conceive. As Isaac would be the seed that would birth the nation Israel, so Samuel would be the seed to bring Israel back to God. It was through Hannah’s prayer that all of this came about: “In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she made a vow to the Lord saying, ‘O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon Your servant’s misery and remember me and not forget Your servant but give her a son, then I will give Him to the Lord for all the days of His life’” (1 Samuel 1:10-11). God uses the pain in our heart to birth incredible things. God sees every tear that we shed and knows every ache in our heart. God had a plan for Hannah and an even greater plan for Israel. God would grant Hannah’s request and “she named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I asked the Lord for him,’” (1 Samuel 1:20). Hannah’s sacrifice would revive a nation that had lost its way. Samuel would be the last and greatest of Israel’s judges. Samuel would bridge the gap between the time of the judges and the first and second king of Israel- King Saul and King David. Hannah and Israel would never be the same because of Hannah’s desire to have a son. And when Hannah gave back her most precious gift to the Lord, God gave Hannah three sons and two daughters in his place. We can never out give God. He knows the cry of our heart. You can trust Him with your greatest treasure. Give God your greatest desire and dreams and see what He will do. The scripture says, “Weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5).
Let God turn your prayer into a time of rejoicing!