1 Samuel 1:1-28


The two prostitute mothers – 1 Kings 3:16-28


B. 1.  Hannah had problems – 1 Samuel 1:4-8

i. She was barren

ii. Penninah provoked her continuously

Troubles in life are to be expected – John 16:33; Job 14:1

Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Esther, etc

iii. Elkanah “did not understand her”

No problem is bigger than God

Romans 8:38-39


  1. Hannah prayed – 1 Samuel 1:9-16

i. She had a godly husband

ii. She was real – she anguished in prayer

Jesus anguished too – Luke 22:44

iii. She cast her burden on God – 1 Peter 5:7

Jeremiah 33:3

Jesus sought God too – Luke 6:12-13 


  1. Hannah’s circumstances change – 1 Samuel 1:17-20

i.  She trusts God

ii.  God gives her a son

God may not always change our circumstances, but He always provides for us.

2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:6-7; Philippians 4:11


  1. Hannah kept her promise – 1 Samuel 1:21-28

i.   She nurtured Samuel physically and spiritually

ii.  She surrendered him to God



We are stewards of our children.

Know when it is time to let them go with the plans of God.



1.  Which facet of the story of Hannah strikes you most? Why?

What do you learn from it to apply to your own life?

2.  Is there or has there ever been a “Penninah” in your life?

How did you deal or are dealing with that troublesome person/situation?

3.  Answer a) OR b), whichever is relevant to you.

a) Seniors – What did you do right in the bringing up of your children? Where did you go wrong? What can you still do about your ‘mistakes’?

b) Parents with young children and/or teenagers

What are your priorities in the upbringing of your children?

What are your challenges? How do you deal with them?

4.  Hannah’s greatest desire was to have a child. What is your greatest desire now?

Share it with the CG and have them pray for you

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