1Sam 1:27-28, 27 For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. 28 Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.” So they worshiped the Lord there.
Prophet Samuel was an answer to a mother’s prayer. Hannah eagerness for a son was partially by pressure due to her rival Penninah (co-wife). Each year she prayed without an answer, not until she shifted from self centered prayers to God honoring prayers, 1Sam 1:11 “Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if…you give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, …” and God honored her prayers.
I want to emphasize mothers’ intuition, they don’t just live for the moment. They perceive things and ponder on them. I can try to comprehend that Hannah watched Eli’s sons living in rebellion. Soon there would be no goldy man to take over once Eli passed. Eli a priest/judge for 40 years seemed to have lost control of his house. And Hannah perhaps prayed that God could one day use her son in some way. She bypassed the priest and went to the Lord in prayers. Once Samuel was born, she brought him back to the temple to be under the leadership of a priest that had failed as a father. The only difference, she trusted in God to be the one to raise her son even through a broken system while she continued to pray. Many testimonies I come across credits mothers or grandmother’s prayers. I had a praying dad and a praying mom, but something happened when my mother would lie prostrate on the floor crying to God to save me. I can trace through the bible and see how God always has a heart from mothers as we see with Jesus and His mother. A mother that prays has heaven at her disposal.
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