This is the story about the birth of the great prophet of God, Samuel.
Samuel lived during the time of King Saul and King David.
In this story we will learn that God hears our prayers and answers them.
Before Samuel was born, there was another priest who served before God with his two sons. The priest was called Eli and his sons were Hophni and Phinehas.
Samuel’s mother, Hannah had been without a child for a long time before Samuel was born.
Year after year, Samuel’s father, Elkanah, would take his family to the house of the Lord, at Shiloh, to worship and make sacrifices. He had two wives, Peninnah and Hannah.
On the day of sacrifice, Elkanah would give Peninnah and all her sons and daughters portions of meat but to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her.
At this time Hannah had not given birth to Samuel yet because God had closed her womb. This made Hannah very sad. Peninnah also kept provoking Hannah every time they went to the house of the Lord, this made Hannah very sad, she would cry and not even eat.
Hannah’s husband, Elkanah, would try to comfort her encouraging her to eat and telling her she means more to him than ten sons.
One day, in Shiloh, after they had finished eating and drinking, Hannah stood up, in her deep sorrow she prayed to God while weeping bitterly. She told God that if He would give her a son then she would give him to the Lord for all the days of his life and she would never use a razor on his head.
As Hannah was praying, the priest Eli was seated nearby looking at her. He looked at how Hannah’s mouth was moving. Because Hannah was praying in her heart, her lips were moving but her voice was not audible so Eli thought she was drunk and asked her how long she was going to stay drunk and that she should put away her wine.
But Hannah defended herself and said, she was not drinking wine or beer but that her heart was deeply troubled and she was praying to God.
Hannah did not want Eli to think she was a wicked woman so she explained that she was only praying in great sorrow and grief.
So, Eli told her to go in peace and that may God of Israel grant her what she had asked of him. Then Hannah went away and ate something and she was no longer sad.
Early the next morning after Elkanah’s family had worshiped they went back home to Ramah. Thereafter, Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son whom she named Samuel saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
God had answered Hannah’s prayer.
God is a good father who always answers our prayers when we pray.
Jesus teaches us to always pray and ask our father for what we need. Just like he answered Hannah’s prayer, he will answer our prayers too.