When you pray, how do you pray? What do you pray for? Do you ever wonder if you’re doing it right? Do you wonder if there’s a better way to pray?

In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at Hannah, a devout woman who truly understood the power of prayer and the way God designed prayer to work.

We tend to read stories like Hannah’s and think that all we have to do is pray hard enough, and God will give us the desires of our heart. The problem is that we’ve got it all mixed up. We’re so busy making out our shopping list of prayer requests and then wondering why God doesn’t give us what we’re asking for. But that’s not how prayer works.

Prayer is emptying ourselves and baring our soul to God, coming to Him completely broken, seeking not selfish pleasures, but allowing Him to open our eyes to what it is that He wants for us. When we give ourselves over to Him and to his desires, that is when we truly start to see answered prayer. 

Hannah could have prayed for Peninnah to leave her alone. She could have prayed for Elkanah to have a better understanding of what she was going through. She could have prayed for a quiver of children to bring her joy all the days of her life. 

Instead, she prayed for the privilege of birthing a son who would change a nation. How could God not answer that prayer?

Bible Study

Scripture Background

1 Samuel 1-2

Bible Study Review

  1. What was the name of the town where Hannah lived?
  2. What was the relationship between Hannah and Penninah?
  3. What did Elkanah say to encourage Hannah?
  4. At what point did Hannah sing her beautiful prayer of praise?
  5. How many children did Hannah eventually have?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. Why was Hannah so sad during their time in Shiloh?
  2. Why did Hannah want a son?
  3. How might Hannah have felt when she presented Samuel to Eli?

Personal Reflection

  1. Why do/did you want children?
  2. Would you be willing to give up your young child at a young age?
  3. Do you trust God to answer your prayers?
  4. Do you have a burden for the sin of your nation?

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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