So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the LORD. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish. 11 Then she made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”
- 1 Samuel 1:9-11

Wow what a powerful prayer!  Hannah was a woman of God who was barren. For years Hannah was tormented by her husband’s other wife who mocked her because she was childless.  Hannah was sad and would go to the Lord in prayer year after year praying for a child. 

What was different about this prayer?  Was it her heart?  This time she made a vow to God that if He remembered her and gave her a male child, she would give him to the Lord all the days of his life. 

In Philippians 4:7 it says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.  This is exactly what Hannah experienced after she came to the Lord in prayer.  The story goes on to say that Hannah was no longer downcast.  Eli the Priest told her to go in peace and may the Lord grant her what she had asked for.  Hannah had a heart change.  God remembered her.  She gave birth to Samuel and kept her promise to God.

What struggles/hurts/offenses have you given to God only to take them back again?  Let's give it to the Lord so we may walk in His peace just like Hannah did!

Prayer Starter
Lord I confess that there have been times when I have come to you with just words and not from the heart.  Lord guard my heart; help me to not be anxious about anything but in every situation to come to you in prayer and petition with thanksgiving, presenting my requests before You so that I may experience Your peace.

Barb Petrowske