Hannah’s Prayer for Family – Gospel in Life

Hannah’s Prayer for Family

Tim Keller |  October 21, 2007

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  • Prayer & Meditation
  • Jesus' Death & Resurrection
1 Samuel 1:4-11; 2:1-10
RS 198-4


We are looking at Biblical case studies of prayer and spiritual encounters. This message centers around the encounter that Hannah, who eventually becomes the mother of the prophet Samuel, had with God.

We will examine: 1) The anatomy of Hannah’s pain; 2) The change in Hannah’s heart; 3) The secret in Hannah’s song.

1 Samuel 1:4–11; 2:1–10

The story of Hannah, a woman who couldn’t have kids, shows us both her deep sadness and the big deal it was in those days not to be able to have children. Her story helps us understand that God’s love is more important than any family dream we may have. It also shows us how prayer can change our hearts, making us want what God wants instead of just what we want. In the end, the story reminds us that God can change any situation, that women have a key role in His plan to save people, and that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross fulfills the role of the promised Savior.




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