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Asked From the Lord
by Sophia Prinsloo

Text Version | Afrikaans


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Samuel came from school looking like a thundercloud was hovering above him. Without greeting his mother, he marched into his room and slammed the door.

Knock-knock-knock. His mother knocked at the door and quietly opened it. "Samuel, what is wrong? What happened?"

Samuel sat on the carpet with his back against the wall and his head on his arms.

"What is wrong, my child?"

At first he did not want to say anything, but when he could no longer keep it inside, he blurted out, "Mom, how could you have spelled my name incorrectly on my birth certificate? Now I'll have to go around with the shame of a misspelled name for the rest of my life. People will think I cannot spell and taunt me!"

His mother looked relieved and a compassionate smile spread across her face. "My dear child, your name is not spelled incorrectly." She picked up his Bible from the bedside chest and told him, "Let me show you your name is spelled exactly the same way as in the Bible."

Curious, Samuel immediately came closer while his mother turned to First Samuel, chapter one in the Old Testament and pointed at his name with her finger. "Do you see now? Your name has not been spelled incorrectly, but let me tell you what your name means. The 'Samu' means 'heard' and 'el' means 'God.' Together they mean 'God heard.' Let me tell you about Samuel in the Bible and how he got his name."



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"There was a man whose name was Elkanah. He had two wives like many other men during those times. The one wife's name was Hannah and the other one's name was Peninnah. Although Elkanah loved Hannah dearly, she did not have any children, but Peninnah had sons and daughters.

"Each year Elkanah and his whole family went from their city in the hill country of Ephraim to the city of Shiloh, where the temple was, to worship and sacrifice to God.

Even Elkanah could not comfort her "After Elkanah offered his sacrifices, he gave to Peninnah and all her children their portion of the sacrificial meat. To Hannah, he could only gave one portion, but he made it a double portion because he loved her dearly. But Peninnah greatly provoked and vexed Hannah, because she had no children. This grieved Hannah so deeply that she did not want to eat. Even Elkanah could not comfort her.

"After the sacrificial meal, Hannah went to pray at the temple. She was so distressed in her soul that she cried uncontrollably while she prayed to the Lord in her heart. She made a promise to the Lord: 'Lord, Almighty God, if You will look upon the affliction of your handmaid, and remember and not forget me, but give me a son, I shall give him to You all his life, and as a sign, no razor shall touch his head.'

He could see her lips movin, but he could not hear what she was sayin "Eli, the priest, who sat on his chair next to the door, saw her. He could see her lips moving, but he could not hear what she was saying and so he thought she was drunk. Then he told her, 'How long will you be intoxicated and act like a drunken person? Stop drinking!'

"But Hannah said to him, 'Sir, I am not intoxicated and I am not a bad person. I am just a woman with great grief and I have poured out my heart before God.'

"Then Eli told her, 'Go in peace and may the God of Israel grant you your petition which you have asked from Him.' Hannah left with joy upon her face and went to eat her meal with peace in her heart, because she believed that God had answered her prayer.

"Back at home, Hannah became pregnant and, in due time, she bore a son. She named him Samuel, 'Because,' she said, 'I have asked him from the Lord.' When Elkanah went to Shiloh again, she did not want to go with them, because she wanted to wean Samuel before she would let him stay at the temple for the rest of his life. Before he left, Elkanah told her, 'Only may the Lord establish his word.'

I am the woman who stood before you to pray to GodSamuel stayed in the temple in Shiloh and ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest

"After she had weaned Samuel, they again went to the temple in Shiloh to bring sacrifices to the Lord. There, while he was still a very little boy, Hannah showed Samuel to Eli and told him, 'Sir, I am the woman who stood before you to pray to God. I have asked this boy from the Lord and He has granted my petition. Now I have brought the boy so that he can serve the Lord devotedly in the temple his whole life.'

"Then great joy overwhelmed Hannah's heart and she rejoiced in the Lord, and praised, and worshipped Him aloud for His greatness, his righteousness and his miracles. Afterwards, Elkanah and his family went home, while Samuel stayed in the temple in Shiloh and ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest."

"Thank you for the story, Mom, and please forgive me for being rude." Samuel stretched out his arms towards his mom.

"You are welcome and I forgive you, my beloved son," his mom replied and they hugged.

Samuel had a question: "Mom, if I may ask, did you also petition the Lord for me as Hannah did?"

Samuel's mom smiled, "I may not have been childless like Hannah but, indeed, I did ask the Lord for you, and I am still praying that the Lord will be with you every day, and that you too will serve him as long as you will live."


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THINK!

What were the names of Elkanah's wives?
Why was Hannah so distressed that she would not eat?
What did she do at the temple?
Who saw her praying?
Why did her distress change into joy so that she could eat again?
What does Samuel mean?



REMEMBER:

The Lord hears us when we pray from our hearts, even when we do not pray out loud.



A VERSE TO LEARN


"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16b).



LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

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Dear God,
Thank You that we can pray to You
when we are distressed. Thank You
for answering our prayers when we pray
from the heart, even when it is not audible,
because You know our hearts.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

           1 Samuel 1 — 2:11



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Hannah Prays for a Son (Print or color online)
Bible coloring pages for Hannah
Colour the Bible Book 1: Genesis - 2 Chronicles
Bible Stories to Color and Tell (ages 3-K)
Bible Story Cards Coloring Book - Old Testament
Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
Children's Coloring Books
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Old Testament Scenes Stained Glass Coloring Book


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Hannah's Promise
Samuel the Boy Who Listened
Samuel Board Book
Samuel / The Little Maid Flip-Over Book
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
Little Hands Story Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress illustrated for children
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (Spanish)


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Treasure Hunt
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Maze
Asked From the Lord Cryptogram Puzzle
Story Cards to Keep and Share
Hannah activities (Adobe Reader Required)
Samuel Is Born activities (Adobe Reader Required)
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
Christian and educational toys
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Crossword Books
Bible Word Search


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100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Bible Songs with Cedarmont Kids
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Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies


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What Should We Learn from the Life of Hannah?
Hannah activities (Adobe Reader Required)
Samuel Is Born activities (Adobe Reader Required)
801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
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Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
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Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
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Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Spanish Resources
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
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Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
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