Hannah: Ideal Mother by Stan Coffey

Hannah: Ideal Mother
Stan Coffey
1 Samuel 1:26-28

OUTLINE:

I. HANNAH'S PROBLEM

A. A Conflict From Within
B. The Culture From Without

II. HANNAH'S PRAYER

A. Her Prayer Life Was Fervent
B. Her Prayer Life Was Focused

III. HANNAH'S PROMISE

IV. HANNAH'S PAYMENT

A. She Prepared Her Son
B. She Presented Her Son

We are continuing down the original Route 66 as we are in a series entitled Bible Giants. This portion of God's Word is called, ''The Books of History.'' We are selecting one Bible character on which we will focus each Sunday. Today we are looking at ''The Ideal Mother.''

We will be looking at the mother of Samuel; her name was Hannah. What a wonderful mother she was. As we look at her, I pray that you'll identify with this woman who, because she knew how to pray, received a son from God. This son became one of Israel's greatest leaders, a man of God who preached all over the land and called the nation back to God. ''And she said, 'Oh my Lord, as thy soul liveth, my Lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed''' (1 Samuel 1:26-27a). I want you to notice those words, ''For this child I prayed.'' This is the heart, the soul, the most inward thoughts of a mother. ''For this child I prayed.''

I know that mothers can think about your children, and each of them one by one, and you can think, ''For this child I prayed.'' Maybe you prayed for them before they were born, as Hannah did. Maybe you prayed for them after they were born. Maybe you're praying for them for some special need in their life. They may be away from God; they may even be in prison; they may be out there breaking your heart. They may have turned against the values and principles that you taught them when they were young, but as a mother you're still praying.

There's nothing like the power, the influence, of the prayers of a godly mother. So keep on praying, Mother. Don't give up. Keep on praying. God gives a prom ...


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