Babies and Children 6

This post is Day 6 in a series of studies about “Babies and Children”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Babies and Children – Day 6

1 Samuel 1:15

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.

The Thought

If you read this chapter yesterday, you will have read of Hannah’s desperation, and the priest Eli’s response. It is worth noting that this heart-broken lady did not tell the priest what she was praying for! And he did not ask! This wise priest responded with a blessing and in effect, an “Amen” to Hannah’s prayers. Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him (1 Samuel 1:17).

How many of us when praying for others want to know the whole story? That is not necessary because God already knows what is happening in that person’s life. Sometimes we use too many words in our prayers explaining to The Lord what He already knows.

In this case God answered the fervent prayer of Hannah and the “amen” of Eli. We read that the much wanted baby was named “Samuel”, which in Hebrew sounds like the word for “Heard by God”.

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 1:20).

That Samuel grew up to be one of the best known Biblical prophets with 2 Old Testament books written in his name, very different to his brothers who had a very bad reputation (1 Samuel 1:12)!


Think about families you know who have children with very different characters. (Maybe in your own family.) Why do you think that is? Just chance? Inherited traits? Prayer?

Pray today for anyone you know who is pregnant, that The Lord will bless that baby.

Read Hannah’s prayer (1 Samuel 2:1-10). It is a prayer concerning much more than the thanks for a healthy baby.

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