Hannah’s Prayer

Our breakfast reading this morning was connected to this prayer given to us in 1st Samuel after the Lord had graciously answered her petition for a son.

Several years ago, a brother gave ministry at the Tavistock Conference on Worship and Remembrance, and he devoted significant time to this prayer. It is, indeed, a beautiful model for us to contemplate as we would come before the Lord.

I was reading the prayer again, and noticed that Hannah used the name of the Lord 9 times in this prayer. Her focus is on His attributes, actions, faithfulness, etc.

The devotional reading this morning focused on one aspect of the Lord’s character in verse 3 where we read:

Talk no more so very proudly;
Let no arrogance come from your mouth,
For the Lord is the God of knowledge;
And by Him actions are weighed.

How careful we must be of our speech at all times. It is easy to “fudge the facts” or exaggerate details when speaking to others; but we need to remember that He is the “God of knowledge”. He knows all things.

Our Saviour knew what Nathanael was doing under the tree; He knew what Thomas had said the week before his encounter with the Lord; He knew, and knows, all things.