Answered Prayer for Barren Woman
Following on her knees, head low to the ground, the torment and anguish engulfed the broken, torn heart within the woman. Sorrow and tears streamed down a pink, flushed face and Hannah reminded herself to breathe. A small gasp escaped the barren woman as her heart spilled forth at the altar. “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me and not forget your servant, but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life and no razor will ever be used on his head.” Hannah prayed in her heart, lips moving, but her words were not heard. (1 Samuel 1:11-11)
A forceful, irritated deep voice interrupted her thoughts, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.” Eli commanded.
Startled and quickly standing to her feet, Hannah replied, “Not so, my Lord. I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
Eli, noticing the tear stained face and small gasps from Hannah’s crying, realized his mistake and with a softer voice he replied, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him.” (1 Samuel 1:17)
There is only One who can heal a woman’s heart. One who can fill a void so deep it cuts like a knife only to fester and burn with agony; One whose very breath opens up the body for a next generation, but closes the womb for His glory. One who heard the prayers of a woman with a broken, torn heart; One who opened the womb, breathed life in to her, and used the child as a prophet to His people. There is NOTHING like the prayer of a righteous woman, who trusts in the Lord, gives her heart over to Him, and is thankful. This is Hannah.
Hannah’s story is merely a chapter and a half in the Bible, but she has been remembered by women from every generation since. She was a woman who was shamed, mocked, and patronized for her inability to have children. Shamed by a culture, and mocked by her husband’s second wife, Hannah longed for a child. Year after year she prayed, fasted, hoped, and dreamed witnessing many births, each cutting deeper and deeper in to her spirit. Why not her?
I love Hannah’s story, for I have been encouraged by her drive and love for God. Where does Hannah run when her heart was breaking? Courageously, sorrowfully and purposefully, she runs to the Tabernacle. Falling on her knees, she lifts up a heartfelt vow to El Shaddai and prayed, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me and not forget your servant, but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life and no razor will ever be used on his head.” Eli the High Priest, who sadly and apparently was used to drunken people coming in the Tabernacle, assumed she was inebriated for the Scriptures say, “Hannah prayed in her heart, and lips were moving, but her voice was not heard.”
After hearing and seeing her emotional, distraught behavior, after seeing her desire for the will of God, Eli the High Priest blessed her. Woman, we go to our own High Priest for prayer, blessing, healing and redemption! In the name of Jesus Christ, amen!
God answered her prayer and Hannah bore Samuel. When the time was right, when the people of Israel needed this baby the most and when Hannah’s heart was ready to give this child to the King, God gave her a son. The Lord loved Samuel, called him at a tender age, so young that when Hannah gave this child to Eli, a three year old fell in worship at the Tabernacle of the Lord; the very place God granted Hannah her request, for this man who would be Israel’s greatest Judge and Prophet.
The most important part of this story, she rejoiced, gave thanks and honored her prayer by giving God Samuel when he was weaned at the age of three. The ability to take our hands off our children, the desire for God’s will in their lives, and for God to have His own special relationship with each child, is Christ’s strength at its best. A mother loves her children. A mother carries, delivers, and gives her own body for this new life for nursing and nurturing. At times we may have the audacity to think we know best, but woman, we have to remember it was the Lord Almighty who formed this precious child in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139).
Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Have you given your child over to the Lord? Are you a mother like Hannah who is able to let go, give your baby fully to the Lord so His glory may shine through him/her? I pray that you have, for just as Samuel was a righteous, honored and revered man of God, your child can be used for a powerful purpose for this time in history. If you are in prayer for a child, continue in your faith, but I do want to press and plant a seed if God has spoken to your heart about adoption or loving another of His children. If the Lord Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth, has asked you to nurture another of His precious sons or daughters, then obediently surrender. This is never to say God would not give you a child from your womb, but if He formed you to take care of those abandoned or given up, thank the Lord for this precious ministry. A friend of mine was unable to have children. After her adoption of a sweet little girl, she became pregnant with another precious daughter from above. God desires obedience
I pray Hannah’s story blesses you to never give up, to bring all your requests to the foot of the cross, and give thanks when you know God has answered your prayers. Through this time in your life, which ever season you may be in, I pray you KNOW him better. I pray your relationship with Jesus and God grows with each passing day, focusing on His will and NOT your own. My heart overwhelms with joy to think how the Lord can use you for His Kingdom. Praise Him as Hannah did and DO NOT forget your promises to Him. Treasure all these things in your heart as Mary, write them on the tablet giving God praise.
Pray the Prayer for Children on our Prayer for Every Circumstance Page. You can find the full teaching under our Resource Page, One a Day; 30 Days of Prayer with the Women of the Bible, Book 1