“The 7 Biblical Principles Hannah Used To Receive Her Blessing”

Scripture Reading 1 Samuel 1:1-20 and 2 Samuel 2:1-2

Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel, is a significant figure in the book of 1 Samuel, Hannah’s journey unfolds as a testament to faith, persistence, and devotion to God. Her story resonates deeply, offering timeless principles that can guide anyone who is seeking God’s blessings in their own lives.

Hannah’s story begins with her desperate desire to conceive a child ! You see Hannah was one of the two wives of Elkanah, while his other wife Peninnah had children, Hannah was unable to conceive a child, and Peninnah the other wife would not let Hanna forget she was barren. she would persistently taunt her about it.

From the passages in the bible we can safely assume Hannah’s situation caused a lot of anxiety and depression. She was going through something as we all do at one time or other in our lives. But in the end she got the Victory! In this bible study we will explore the 7 biblical principles Hanna used to overcome adversity to receive the blessing she desired from God.

Principle #1. Persistent Prayer

In 1 Samuel 1:10-11 we find that Hannah was desperate, weeping , bitterly as she poured out her heart and soul to God, with unwavering determination even making a vow to God to dedicate her son to Him, if he would just grant her a son.

Out of her desperation the first thing she does is turn to pray, because she believed beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God was able to turn her circumstances around. How about you do you turn to pray when you are facing challenging circumstances ?

The Bible emphasizes the importance and power of persistent prayer, in several passages, the bible encourages believers to continually seek God with perseverance and faith. In the Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8) Jesus taught this parable to illustrate the importance of persistent prayer and not losing heart.

Hannah’s persistent pray exhibited profound faith and trust in God. She believed that God had the power to grant her request and she placed her hope and trust in Him. What about you are you trusting God with your whole heart? To receive a blessing from God it has to be a heartfelt pray request. coming from deep inside of you. The bible says that God searches the heart of man first and then examines the mind Jeremiah 17:10

Principle #2. Faith and Trust in God

In 1 Samuel 1:17-18 (NIV): “Eli answered, ‘Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.’ She said, ‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.”

Why was Hanna’s face no longer downcast ? Because despite her initial sorrow, she found peace, when she believed God would fulfill the desire of her heart! .

This kind of faith, is rooted in trust and hope in God’s character, it remains a cornerstone for believers seeking God’s blessings! Faith is often exemplified by biblical figures who trusted God despite challenges, such as Abraham, who believed God’s promise for a son despite his and Sarah’s old age (Romans 4:18-21).
Faith in the Bible is described as complete trust and confidence in God and His promises. It involves believing in God’s character, His word, and His plan, even when circumstances seem uncertain.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV): says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Principle #3. Vow and Dedication

” Hanna 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 Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.'”1 Samuel 1:11 (NIV):

In this scripture we see that Hannah’s made a solemn vow to dedicate her son to the Lord’s service, if God would only grant her request. The Vow is an act of dedication that demonstrates her commitment to honor God with the blessing she sought from Him. It like God is blessing you now your going to pay it forward and be a blessing.

Principle #4. Humility and Submission

Hanna kept on praying to the Lord, and one day Eli the priest observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk  and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.” 1 Samuel 1:13-14

Hannah replied, ‘I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.'”1 Samuel 1:15-16 (NIV):

Hannah said she was praying out of anguish and grief can you imagine the feeling of anguish and grief which can resonate as mental and physical pain.

A lot of people in her situation would turn way from God at this point thinking God is not hearing them. But not Hanna, she approached God with a humble and submissive heart, acknowledging her dependence on God. Her humility teaches us the importance of recognizing our need for God’s grace and guidance in every aspect of our lives.
James 4:10 says Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. Humility is exemplified in Jesus Christ, who, despite being in the nature of God, humbled Himself by becoming human and obedient to death on a cross (Philippians 2:5-8).

Principle # 5. Worship and Thanksgiving

“Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I asked the Lord for him.'”1 Samuel 1:19-20 (NIV):

Hannah’s response to God’s fulfilled promise of a son, was worship and thanksgiving. Hannah is a perfect example of the importance of recognizing God’s faithfulness and provision in our lives. The bible says we are to Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: and be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:

Principle # 6. Fulfillment of Her Vow

Hannah kept her promise to God by dedicating Samuel to the Lord’s service.

1 Samuel 1:27-28 (NIV): “After Samuel was born, Hanna said “‘I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.’ And he worshiped the Lord there.

This act of obedience and dedication underscores her commitment to honoring God with her blessing. Her obedience highlights the importance of honoring our commitments to God and faithfully stewarding the blessings He bestows upon us.

Principle #7. Continual Praise and Exaltation of God

Hannah continued to praise and exalt God for His goodness and faithfulness, exemplified in her prayer of thanksgiving.

1 Samuel 2:1-2 (NIV): ” 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. There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.'”

Her ongoing praise serves as a testament to a life dedicated to glorifying God, even beyond the initial blessing received.

Hannah’s story is more than a historical account; it’s a blueprint for seeking and receiving God’s blessings in our lives. By embracing persistent prayer, unwavering faith, humble submission, and a heart of worship, we position ourselves to experience God’s abundant goodness and grace.

May Hannah’s example inspire us to trust in God’s faithfulness, commit our desires to His will, and live lives that continually glorify Him, and honor Him for the gifts and blessings He provides. We serve a glorious God! Amen ! And Amen again!