So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. (1 Samuel 1:9-11 KJV)
But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide for ever. (1 Samuel 1:22 KJV)
2.) The only acceptable prayer is that those possessing it temporary, is preparing for it for bigger things. Possessing it is not not the end in itself. Whatever blessings we get from our Creator through prayer is temporary. Money, health, wisdom etc ends in earth. But those things are in preparing for something big according to God’s plan. Hannah in verse 22, may have little Samuel, but in those short time she is preparing him for God. And who Samuel became? A prophet of God. He anointed King Saul and King David. Their is a greater purpose and greater cause behind it. And the lesson is:are we looking at what we possess as temporary, but looking at it that it has a greater good, that is why God gave it to us?
Christians look at what God did after Hannah fervent prayer. God bless Hannah with more than she have asked:
And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home. And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. (1 Samuel 2:20, 21 KJV)
Do you want to be bless by God? Be courageous like Hannah in your prayer.