The powerful prayer of a barren woman

We know from Ana that she was the wife of a man named Elcana. In verse five of the first chapter of the first book of Samuel, we realize that this woman was barren. Elcana not only had Ana as wife, but also had as wife a woman named Penina, who had given children to Elcana.

Ana’s big problem was not only that she could not bear children, nor was Elcana. Besides this heavy living of not being able to have children, Ana had a big problem and it was called: Penina.

6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.

7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.

8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”

1 Samuel 1:6-8

Big problem this! Besides the fact that she was sterile, she had a voice that made fun of his misfortune daily. It is natural that we are also surrounded by people of this type of terrible behavior, and it is logical that this makes us feel worse, as it was happening with Ana.

But Ana was not the only woman who had her Penina, because David had his Goliath, Nehemiah had his Tobias, Jesus had his Judas; every character in the Bible had those negative people who whispered in his ear every bad thing. Our enemies will never expect good things to happen to us, but, do you know what is best? That the best is always to come.

The Bible does not tell us that Ana surrendered to this situation, rather, she makes a sublime prayer before our glorious Father who is always ready to listen to our prayers:

In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.

1 Samuel 1: 10

Ana began to pray with “great anguish” and to cry inconsolably. Ana could no longer handle this situation, simply because her heart had broken. Ana was at the limit of her situation, she could not bear this terrible pressure of not being able to give Elcana a son and she makes this sublime prayer:

 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lordfor all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

1 Samuel 1:11

Great prayer of this woman! Even though she was so disconsolate from her terrible situation, she had not lost faith that God could give her a son. In her prayer we see that she recognized the power of God in thinking that God had the power to grant her a son. Ana was asking for a miracle, something that the doctors could not solve, but she knew that what does not have logic for the human, what is impossible, God makes it possible.

We want you to know something: Our God is the same one who granted a son to that woman who no longer had hope on the part of men. Trust in God, cry to Him with all your heart, hold fast to Him with your faith and trust in God even if you do not see what you ask for.

Through her faith in the Lord Ana could say:

Then Hannah prayed and said:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.

1 Samuel 2:1

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8 comments on “The powerful prayer of a barren woman

  1. Lord give me power and make
    Me strong to overcome this situation us you do to Hannah’s. Have mercy on me my father.

    1. My prayer request .
      Lord my God I am here crie for your help.
      And I know my God will help me and answer my prayers. Am so weak my Lord
      Give me power and make me to be strong to overcome this problem ,and situation as you do to Hannah’s. My Lord I believe in you and trusting in you my Lord. My father my God have mercy on me my Lord today and forever Amen.

  2. Thank you for beautiful message. God is good all the time. I know when I put my hope and trust in God, he will never let me down. God is the some yesterday, today and tomorrow. Blessed be the name of the lord

  3. Her prayer was awesome she did not let her critics stop her from going to God we have to silent our critics by going down in prayer. God gave her what she wanted. Prayer is powerful do got to continue to pray because prayer changes things and people too. Keep on praying

  4. Thank you very much for the wonderful prayers. I know for a fact that prayers are very powerful. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD. send me more prayers

  5. The powerful prayer of a barren woman
    Hannah was a very anguished woman that prayed fervently to God because she was barren. She was also despised by Penina, the other woman of her husband’s, who had given birth to several children.

    Hannah made a vow to the Lord: she promised Him that she would dedicate the son that He would give her to the service of the tabernacle, whose priest was Eli.
    So she made this vow: “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on 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.” 1 Samuel 1:11

    Hannah’s case is another testimony that the Lord listens to anguished souls, poured out to Him—those who pray to Him out of their pain and desperation. He has mercy on people who are desperate, without any strength or capacity to bear their troubles.

    We also learn in the Bible that Hannah fulfilled her promise to the Lord; and his son, Samuel, was an important man in Israel.

    We must keep our vows or promises to the Lord. Hannah did so, and this was good for Israel, since Samuel was one of the most important judges in Israel. He had a huge influence on kings Saul and David and all the people of his time.

    Let’s trust in the Lord and come to Him in our anguish and all our afflictions: because he is kind to poor and needy people

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