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This week our lesson was titled "God Heard Hannah's Prayer" from 1 Samuel 1-2. Use the teaching points below to help guide your family worship time this week.
During this time in Israel’s history, most of the people have turned away from God. But Elkanah and Hannah are still faithful and believe in God. Even though there are difficulties in their lives, they sacrifice and pray to God.
As high priest of Israel, Eli has a special calling from God to pray on behalf of the Israelites. When Eli sees Hannah praying, he thinks at first that she is drunk. But when he hears she is troubled, Eli prays for her. Soon thereafter, the Lord answers the prayers of Hannah and of Eli.
After Samuel is weaned, probably at the age of three, Hannah takes him back to the temple and presents him to Eli.
Hannah is not sad about giving up her son. She wants to keep her vow to the Lord, and she knows God will bless him. In fact, Hannah is so filled with joyful faith that she celebrates the goodness of God with a prayer.
Hannah visits her son once each year, and God blesses Hannah for her sacrifice by giving her three more sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:19–21).
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Read Acts 3:24.
Samuel is specifically mentioned in the book of Acts as a prophet whose life and message pointed to Jesus.
In our story, Hannah cried out to the Lord to give her a son and committed him to the Lord for God’s service. Little did she realize her little boy would be used to anoint the first two kings of Israel. Samuel anointed Saul and thus established anointing as God’s means of indicating his choice. Later Samuel anointed David out of whose household the Savior would be born.