1 Samuel 1:1-28
The Prayer of Hannah
 Our Responsibility in the Gospel.


  Our desire as a Christian on this earth should be to point others to the cross.

  It is not about what we can obtain on this earth, what we can achieve in this life, or all we can experience in a lifetime.

  It is what we can do for Christ and what an impact our life will have on eternity.  The only impact we can make on eternity is to build up the Kingdom of God through leading others to Christ. (Phil. 1:21)

  When I say “Leading others to Christ,” I mean just that.

  The end result it salvation, but before one can be saved he must be shown the way, he must be led down the right path.  So many are led down the wrong path, the Bible calls it the broad road, and we must lead them to the narrow road.  (Matthew 7:13-14)

  It is up to us to show the world the narrow road, to show them the way, the truth, and the life.


  There is a parallel of our responsibility in the Gospel found in 1 Samuel 1.

  1. A Desire
    O that we had a desire to see one birthed into the kingdom.
    She wanted a child. (v.5-8)
    What is a desire that you have?

2. A Dilemma
    The Lord has shut up her womb.
     She had an ever-present adversary. (v.6-7)
       (v.2-4) Sometimes others have more than us.
       Where do the blessings come from? (Psalm 73:3-5)

3. A Determination
     She prayed. (v.9-10)
     (Psalm 126:6)  ((James 5:17 Elijah prayed) (Mat. 10:37-38)

4. A Destiny
     I will give him unto the Lord, (v.11) (James 4:2-3)
     We are to do all for the glory of God.

5. A Demonstration of God’s mercy.
    God will answer our prayers. (v.19)

6. A Duty
    We have a reasonable service. (v.27-28)

  Again, it should not be our desire to “build bigger barns” but to build the Kingdom of God.