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Treasure Digest: The Prayer of Hannah: a Fine Example Prayer

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The Prayer of Hannah: a Fine Example Prayer

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Although we know Hannah prayed many times before asking God for something she desired greatly, the example prayer that God had recorded for us to contemplate in 1 Samuel 2 was one of gratitude and praise, acknowledging God's providence.

Notice that Hannah's prayer starts with joy, because of personal experience. Then she generalizes that great truth: Nothing can compete in any way with God (1 Samuel 2:1-2 1 Samuel 2:1-2 [1] And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over my enemies; because I rejoice in your salvation. [2] There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither is there any rock like our God.
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When we rightly view God, we are humbled again and again. What do we know? What can we do? Virtually nothing by ourselves. But with God's power and grace, any one of us can succeed (1 Samuel 2:3-4 1 Samuel 2:3-4 [3] Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. [4] The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
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Every good "break" comes from God—our daily bread, the ability to enjoy anything, even life itself (or death with the hope of the resurrection)—every good proceeds from God. And God writes the script that we heroically or tragically enact. He is the great writer. If we play our part wittingly, whether star or support cast, we will share in the final applause. God has set the stage perfectly (1 Samuel 2:5-8 1 Samuel 2:5-8 [5] They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren has born seven; and she that has many children is waxed feeble. [6] The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up. [7] The LORD makes poor, and makes rich: he brings low, and lifts up. [8] He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he has set the world on them.
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Finally Hannah acknowledges again that God loves His own. They, too, are human, but they are His! Arrogance and pride seem to be the hallmark of wickedness. God's people may need to wait, to suffer, but they will be vindicated. Thank God (1 Samuel 2:9-10 1 Samuel 2:9-10 [9] He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. [10] The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder on them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength to his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
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Hannah's prayer is beautiful.

— Skip Miller
an elder in San Diego, California