2:1 Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my hornis lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.
Dear Lord, how amazing it is to me that it was after Hannah returned her son to you that she sang her prayer of praise! She gave up her only child, her beloved son, and she is singing Your praises! I pray that I can learn from her, and to remember that my own children are a gift from You. You have entrusted them to me, and as dependant as they were as babies, it is my job as thier parent to raise them into mature, responsible, socially-aware independent adults. Please help me to be the best parent for them, the parent that You know I can be, and please please, dear Lord, hold them in Your loving arms when they think they are too big to be wrapped in mine.
Dear Lord, Hannah’s childlessness was such a burden to her. Her culture considered her a failure as a woman, and she probably doubted her own self many times. Yet, her faith in You never wavered. She continued to trust in Your timing and Your will, even if that meant she would not have a child ever. Please help me to remember during my own trials that You are still in control, and help me to support others who may be wavering in their faith.
Dear Lord, please help me to remember when I feel unjustly criticized that I don’t need to take revenge. While I cannot stop others from spreading hurtful words, I can control my own reactions. Just as You will judge others by their actions toward me, You will also judge me by my actions toward others! I know that You know my heart, and I pray that You can help me to turn from selfish self-pity to a joyful spirit of thankfulness.
4 The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. 5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.
Dear Lord, how much pain Hannah must have endured. To be childless and judged a failure by society is one thing. But to live with the other woman who had borne your husband’s children! In Eden, You made Adam and Eve, two people in one marriage, and yet the snake came between them. Leah came between Rachel and Jacob. Hagar came between Sarah and Abraham. Today, there are so many other people and things that might serve as third-parties in a marriage – other people, work, television, even children and friends can destroy marriages! Please protect my marriage today.
6 The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. 8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world. 9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. It is not by strength that one prevails;
Dear Lord, I pray that I am careful in my prayers to You. Help me to guard against any attempts at bartering with You, or making promises to You during my “if only…” moments. While Hannah was able to keep her promise in returning her son to You, I don’t know if I could do the same. It is so easy to promise and not follow through with the actions. Just as I trust Your promises, I pray that You will help me be true to my own word both with You and with other people in my life.
10 those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
Dear Lord, how timely is this statement! In today’s world, with new designer drugs on every street corner threatening to destroy my children’s and my friends’ children’s lives, with news of more frequent and more deadly school shootings, with powerful people who have evil plans for attempting to take over this world, with devastating wars that last decades and kill thousands of soldiers and innocent people – in this world, Lord, it is so comforting to know that You are ultimately in control. Please, help me to let You remain in control of my life and let me feel the comfort of Your love.