Hannah’s life had turned around – the son she had wanted to long was here and the future looked so much brighter.

And so she rejoiced. But her rejoicing wasn’t primarily in her renewed personal situation but in God: for His unique greatness and what He was doing in the world around her and for His people. And as she rejoices she challenges people to recognise who God is and to not speak out against Him – that way leads to ruin.

One of the questions Hannah’s prayer asks of us is whether we are able to take the times of blessings that God pours on us and to transform them – through prayer – into good for the world around us. Does our experience of God in our own lives give us greater confidence that He will work powerfully in other situations?

Reading: 1 Samuel 2:1-11

Questions to think about:

  • How do you feel for Hannah before she was able to have a son?
  • If you were praying a prayer like Hannah’s what would you rejoice in, what would you focus on (both personally and in a wider context)?
  • How does Hannah’s prayer – and Mary’s prayer in Luke 1:46-55 – encourage us to pray?