Prayer of Hannah:
Prayer of Hannah has been overtly accepted in the Church and many believers pray this prayer. Since the prayer of Hannah is an accepted prayer believers have been taught to pray it freely and at will. Children and young believers in the Lord are encouraged to recite and pray the prayer of Hannah. The notion that has been created around it has made the prayer of Hannah to appear as a rightful prayer. Hence, this step is to look into it and to really unravel its rightfulness. And this can be done by juxtaposing it side by side with the nature of God. The prayer of Hannah is as stipulated below.
“The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.”
1 Samuel 2:6
In the above quotation is the prayer of Hannah and it states that ‘The LORD killeth and maketh alive and that He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up’. The misnomer believers have built around this verse is that since it is found in the bible it’s the word of God. So as a result it simply means that God kills and makes alive. And also God brings down to the grave and brings up. Therefore, since these attributes can be linked to God, it is not wrong to pray and ask God to kill and at the same to make alive. And it is not wrong to ask God to bring to the grave and at the same to bring up.
Prayer of Hannah Did God Say He kills?
The question to ask is this, did God say He kills and makes alive? And did God say that He brings down to the grave and brings up? However, before we answer this question we have to read contextually and unravel what was said. Let’s see the verse below.
“And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.”
1 Samuel 2:1
The above verse explicitly states that “And Hannah prayed, and said,” meaning whatever that is being said should be attributed to Hannah. This is because she is the one saying it and it wasn’t stated that “thus says the LORD to Hannah”. In this case it means that the prayer of Hannah is the words of Hannah and not the words God. That they are written in the bible doesn’t make them the words of God. Here, it is important to state that everything written in the bible is truly stated but not everything is a statement of truth. To ascertain if a statement in the bible is of truth such statement must be aligned with the truth. And if such is not in line with the attributes of the TRUTH it means it’s not of God.
Prayer of Hannah Is It The Truth?
The question again should be what the truth is or who is the truth? However, before we answer this question I want to state that many things can be said and accepted about someone. But the person in question is the one that has what it takes to prove that whatever that has been said about him is right or wrong. So if whatever that have been said about him isn’t right it means those sayings were just mere impressions by people.
And hence such statements by people shouldn’t be a yardstick in ascertaining the person’s character. To ascertain whether the prayer of Hannah is right or wrong we need to ascertain the person of God. And from this we can find out if actually God kills and makes alive and also if He brings to grave and brings up. Now let’s consider this statement in the verse below.
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
The verse above implies that no God anywhere to be seen except Jesus Christ. So if we are looking for God, He has appeared in Christ. Therefore, seeing and knowing God can only be achieved in seeing and knowing Christ. The implication of this statement is that outside Christ no one will ever know God.
Jesus Is the Express Image Of God:
This statement is factual because the writer of the book of Hebrews confirms it as stated below.
“who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”
God spoke to us in His Son not by His Son because Jesus was not a messenger but God Himself. That is why the writer of the book of Hebrews calls Him the express image of the person of God. So if we are to look for what the character of God is like we should be looking at what the character of Jesus Christ is like. Therefore, Jesus setting the standard declared thus that;
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”
Jesus declared it unequivocally that He is the truth. And if He is the truth it means if we want to ascertain what the truth is in the bible we should be looking at Jesus as the standard. The manifestation of God in Christ is a means that God used to bring to reality what His characters are. That is His dos and dons.
Jesus Came To Interpret The Character of God:
The implication of this statement is that whatever we see Christ do is what God can do and whatever He doesn’t is what God cannot do. Jesus puts it this way;
“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”
“Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”
The verses above means that Jesus Christ came to interpret the character of God to man. The question is, did Jesus kill any one while on earth? The answer is that He didn’t and therefore, if He didn’t it means that God does not kill. The prayer of Hannah was truly stated but it wasn’t the truth. This is because we have seen that God does not kill. It is understandable that as human sometimes we do things out of emotions and prayer is one of those things we do emotionally. Hannah’s prayer is not the standard for believers but Christ is the standard for us. Prayer of Hannah is not the standard to prove God’s character but Jesus is the standard for believers.
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