THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE
1st Samuel 1: 1-28.
Never has there been any more earnestness in prayer than what is recorded here. When you think of Hannah, think of persistence and faith 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. 1st Samuel 1: 10-11.
Eli noticed that her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. He said to her, how long will thou be drunken? Put away your thy wine from thee.
And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. This is one of the best definitions of prayer in scripture. Prayer should come from the abundance of the heart, from which come the issues of life. Luke 6:45. Then Eli answered and said, go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And she said, let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So, the woman went her way and did eat, and her countenance was no sadder.
Her pleading was heard in verses 19-23, which should encourage all desperate souls who pray.
Hannah’s song of praise
2:1-10 Hannah’s heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift and praises the Giver. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming, who is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soon weakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases.
Are we poor? God made us poor, which is a good reason why we should be content, and make up our minds to our condition. Are we rich? God made us rich, which is a good reason why we should be thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with the abundance he gives us. He respects not man’s wisdom or fancied excellences, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish, teaching them to feel their guilt and to value his free and precious salvation.