Up until the 6th grade, I attended private Catholic school, and had memorized countless hymns, recitations and was very familiar with every prayer and ritual. The thing I wasn’t familiar with however, was the Bible.
In august of 1989, my mom, my sisters and I moved from Bolivia to Southern California. The following summer, I gave my life to Christ, and attended my first church camp.
It was there, where I was introduced to Hannah.
My group leader Pam, was fascinated by her. Pam had been married for a very long time, and had been praying for a child for almost 8 years. Hannah was the biblical woman of influence in Pam’s life, and Hannah, was the first biblical woman of influence in my life. Her story was the first bible story I’d heard, aside from the story of creation, and of Christ’s birth.
Hannah and The Fulfillment of Fervent Prayer
Hannah was the wife of Elkanah, who was also married to Peninnah. The bible tells us that “Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none“. Scripture goes on to paint a very clear picture of her misery:
And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.
1 Samuel 1:6-7 (NKJV)
Though Elkanah loved and favored her over Peninnah, he did not understand her pain.
Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”
1 Samuel 1:8 (NKJV)
In her anguish and bitterness of soul, she prayed to the Lord, and made a vow.