Rise Up Like Hannah

The name Hannah is a palindrome because it is read the same backwards and forwards. Like her palindrome name, she demonstrated her steadfast faith when she was feeling down and in anguish and when she was rejoicing after receiving an answer to her prayers. Hannah was a faithful woman no matter which way you look at her life, backwards or forwards. She trusted God and acknowledged His power and goodness when she was praying for a son, when she had her son, when she felt an intense grief, and when she felt exuberant joy.

Hannah was facing difficult and challenging circumstances that turned her to the Lord in persistent prayer. She was one of two wives of Elkanah—the other was Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. Peninnah kept provoking Hannah because of that. Nowadays, we would say that Peninnah was bullying her. Hannah felt discouraged and anguished. Despite this difficult family situation, she prayed and wept for a son, promising to dedicate him to God.

She received an answer to her prayer—in 1 Samuel 1:17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” Hannah then gave birth to Samuel and presented him to God, just as she had promised. 1 Samuel 2:21 says, “The boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.”

God not only blessed Hannah with the birth of Samuel, but He also gave her three more sons and two daughters. Samuel was used by God; he became a prophet, he anointed Saul and David as kings and served as a judge and as a priest to the nation of Israel.

Hannah trusted God. What about you? I think Hannah would tell you to keep praying because God answers prayers. All we know about Hannah’s life is just in the first two chapters of 1 Samuel, but she stands out as a reminder of faith—to trust in the Lord and the power of prayer.

In the first chapter of 1 Samuel, Hannah was in deep anguish, pouring out her heart to God. In chapter two, Hannah prayed again, but this time, expressing her joy, she worshiped and celebrated the sovereignty of God. Hannah rose up!

Dania Torres

Dania is a member of the Catedral de la Esperanza in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She serves as the Alliance Women assistant director in her district and is part of the missions ministry in her local church. Dania is an accountant and human resources officer at a law office. She served with Operation Mobilization on board MV Doulos in Asia and with Youth with a Mission in Juarez, Mexico. She is a proud mom of a son, Kenneth.

11 Responses to “Rise Up Like Hannah”

  1. Question:
    Why/how was Elkanah permitted to have 2 wives at the same time? Although, Samuel from Hannah was the blessing.

  2. Dania – I love the insight of the palindromic name, Hannah, and how this reflects her faithfulness to God in all circumstances, trusting Him whether she was looking back or looking forward, whether she was feeling up or down. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. The story of Hannah is one of faith and encouragement. As we pray, we should have the faith and trust in God that He will answer.With Hannah, she not only was given the son she prayed for but God blessed her with three more sons and a daughter.

    I/we can be encouraged that as we go to God trusting and believing to receive what we are asking for, He will give us the desires of our heart when we delight ourselves in Him (Psalm 37:4)

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  4. Hannah’s story is one of great faith and encouragement. Because of her faith, she received the answer to her prayer for a son and God didn’t stop there. He blesses her with three more son and He even gave her a daughter.

    I/we can be encouraged in the fact that when we faithfully go to God with our request, trusting and believing Him for the outcome He will give us the desires of our hearts.

  5. May we all be encouraged by Hannah’s example of a woman of God who did persevere not matter what her circumstances did look like. We can all do the same because we have the same Almighty God that Hannah had!
    Let’s trust Him in our difficult situations as Hannah did, all for His glory and praise!
    Thank you so much Dania for such an inspiring article.

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