Hannah prayed one of the greatest prayer ever uttered:
“”She vowed a vow, and said, “LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me, and not forget your handmaid, but will give to your handmaid a son, THEN I WILL SET HIM BEFORE YOU AS A GIFT until the day of his death. And he will not drink wine or strong drink, d and no razor will come on his head.”” 1 Samuel 1:11
Hannah’s story starts with her pain, it starts with her disgrace… But it doesn’t end that way. Hannah is loved by her husband, yet the one thing she wanted the most is denied from her. Hannah is barren!
To make matters worse the writer of 1 Samuel records that, ” Her rival taunted her severely, to irritate her, because the LORD had shut up her womb” 1 Samuel 1:6
Hannah lived with a stigma only few woman, if not all woman cannot cope with; barrenness. She is mocked, and she is laughed at.
But the beautiful thing about Hannah was that her pain drove her to Elohim. Her pain gave her direction. Her pain taught her one great lesson, “When you give back what you want most to Elohim, Elohim gives you the best.”
In the womb of this seemingly barren woman was a prophet. Hidden deep inside Hannah was Samuel, one of Israel’s greatest prophet.
When Hannah no longer needed a child for herself, when she lost her self centred motivation. When her source of joy shifted from desiring a child because a woman is ‘supposed‘ to have a child, to wanting a child to serve Elohim’s purpose, YeHoVaH opened her womb.
When you only want a child for yourself, when you only want a ministry for yourself, when you want a husband for yourself, God may leave our womb closed. Because He doesn’t bless your personal agenda.
Whatever you want you must want it for God. If you keep self centred traits rooted within your hearts God may keep your womb locked up.
When Hannah vowed to give back to God what she needed the most. God opened her womb.