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Bible Story Reference: 1 Samuel 1:1-20
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Leave all your worries with Him, because He cares for you.
There was a man named Elkanah who had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah was blessed with children and year after year, she would embarrass and make fun of Hannah because she did not have any children. Hannah really wanted a child and the Bible tells us that when her family went to the temple in Shiloh every year to pray and offer sacrifices, 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 she would cry and refuse to eat anything. Still, Hannah never stopped praying and asking God to bless her with a baby. Hannah prayed through her pain.
One time, Hannah was so unhappy after eating a meal that 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 dedicate the child 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 troubled and was only praying because she was so miserable. Eli then sent Hannah away and told her to go in peace and wished that God would give her what she had been asking for. God indeed did give Hannah 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 and she became pregnant and had a son whom she named, Samuel, which means, “I asked the Lord for him.”
From this story, we learn that:
What is your situation? We all go through tough times that sometimes make us feel forgotten and defeated. Where is your heart this morning? What burden are you carrying? Tell God what you feel and what you are going through right now because He is longing to hear from you and He is ready to answer you. Tell God about your pain and whatever may be troubling you and ask Him for His peace. Pause & allow the children to pray.
Note: Invite any child who has never given their lives to Christ to do so.
Note: Invite and encourage your children to use the 40 days of prayer to pray for our nation during
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