1 Samuel 1:9-10 NIV 2011
Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.
The tent of the meeting was where God dwelt among His people. The reference here is to a more permanent place of worship and was referred to as “the Lord’s house.” As the priest, Eli would be present at all times. Elkanah had two wives; Peninnah a mother and Hannah who was childless. 1 Samuel 1:7, “Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.” Eli heard Hannah’s prayer. 1 Samuel 1:17, “May the God of Israel grant you what you have asked.” God answered Hannah’s prayer with Samuel’s birth. God hears the powerful prayers of His people.
After four years of wanting to get pregnant with another child I finally cried out to God and asked, “Why?” Upon further examination I saw the path I was walking wasn’t the path God called me to travel. I’d pretty much abandoned the Lord and was a “do it yourself” kinda gal. I left my retail job and began substitute teaching. That led to a full-time teaching contract offer in September. Two weeks after signing, we found out I was pregnant again. God heard and answered my prayers.
Who needs prayer today?