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Bible Story Reference: 1 Samuel 1:1-20
Psalm 88:13 (NIV)
Lord, I call to You for help every morning…
Sing: Read your Bible, pray every day.
A long time ago, there was a man named Elkanah who had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children but Hannah did not have any children. Hannah really wanted children but could not have any and year after year, Peninnah would make fun of Hannah because she did not have any children. The Bible tells us that when Elkanah, Hannah & Peninnah went to the temple (which is what we call a church today) in Shiloh every year as a family to pray and offer sacrifices to worship God, Hannah would pray and ask God to bless her with a child. Peninnah wasn’t very kind and every year, she would tease Hannah so much that Hannah would cry. Hannah would get so sad that she refused to eat anything. Still, Hannah never stopped praying and asking God to bless her with a baby. Hannah prayed even through her pain.
One time when they had gone to the temple, Hannah was so unhappy and after eating her food, she went back to the temple and cried as she prayed to God. Hannah begged God for a son and promised God that she would give the child back to God to serve Him. Hannah prayed silently, moving her lips but making no sound for a really long time that Eli the priest even thought she was drunk. Hannah told Eli that she was praying because she was so sad. Eli then sent Hannah away and told her to go and have peace and wished that God would give her what she had been asking for. When she left the temple after praying for so long, Hannah was not sad anymore, she ate and went home. Guess what, boys and girls, God did give Hannah what she had been asking for. Hannah got a son whom she called, Samuel, which means, “I asked the Lord for him.”
Boys and girls, just like Hannah, sometimes we also go through painful and difficult things. Just like Hannah who prayed to God through her pain, you and I should also pray to God even when we’re going through painful, difficult things, and know that God sees our pain and loves us. Jesus loves us and hears our prayers, and answers our prayers at His time with love. God gave Hannah peace and took her pain away by giving her the son she had prayed for over many years. Just like Hannah, God will take care of us. He hears us, He understands our pain and will answer us and take care of us. Just keep praying.
Sing Jesus loves me
God Answers Prayer
What You Need
Fold the top of the plate/ round paper so that it creates a point at the top. Carefully trim off this point.
Fold the plate/round paper closed and colour the plate so you see Hannah’s robe, arms, and praying hands.
Cut medium-sized circles from the hard paper and colour this as Hannah’s face, glueing the string to the top for her hair.
When done this circle should be glued or taped to the top back of the paper plate/ round paper. When the plate/ round paper is closed you will see Hannah praying for a child.
Open the plate and colour the inside to resemble Hannah’s robe and arms again, but this time making room for a baby adding the words to the sides “Prayer Works.”
Wrap the cotton ball in the recyclable bag like a baby in a blanket and secure it with glue.
Open up the paper plate and glue the baby into Hannah’s open arms. When the plate is closed Hannah is praying for her baby. When the plate is open, God has answered her prayers.