Bitter Tears and Heartfelt Prayer

January 16, 2022 Speaker: Jordan Gowing Series: 1 Samuel | Looking for the True King

Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: 1 Samuel 1:1–1:20

In the midst of unspeakable heartache, Hannah cries out to the LORD. What can we learn from Hannah's prayer? Join us this Sunday at CrossWinds Church in Spencer as we consider 1 Samuel 1.

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever had a prayer that has gone unanswered the way that you wanted it to be? How did you respond?
  2. What is one highlight from the sermon and one question that you had after hearing the sermon?
  3. In 1 Samuel 1:1–20, we see Hannah’s heartfelt prayer get answered. What is the danger of reading the story of Hannah’s prayer as a formula to be followed?
  4. Read 1 Samuel 1:5–6. What is the significance of the phrase, “the LORD closed her womb”? Why is this good news even if it is hard news?
  5. Read 1 Samuel 1:9–11. Is Hannah bargaining with God? Why or why not? Share some observations from Hannah’s prayer.
  6. Why is it important to have an accurate understanding of God and ourselves when we pray? What is the importance of the word “remember” in Hannah’s prayer?
  7. Read 1 Samuel 1:11; Numbers 6:1–2, 5; cf. Judges 13:2–8. What is the significance of Hannah’s vow in verse 11? In addition to her personal affliction, what is Hannah asking God to address in her prayer?
  8. Read 1 Samuel 1:18. How does Hannah respond after she has made her prayer and shared with the high priest? Read Hebrews 4:14–16. How might we respond the same when we share our needs with our greater high priest?
  9. This Time Tomorrow: How does this passage transform your thoughts, actions, or interactions at this time tomorrow?

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