Story of Hannah in the Bible: Summary and Key Verse

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I have read the story of Hannah in the Bible many times but it never meant more to me than it did the year that our AWANA Commander used it as the lesson for counsel time. I was the leader for the 4th & 5th grade girls that year. You see he told the story as if he were speaking to children (as most of them in the room were grade 6 and younger). He spoke of a woman who longed for a child and how she took her request to the Lord. We find Hannah’s story in the Bible at 1 Samuel Chapter 1. The Biblical account is believed to have been written around 1171 B.C. although the authorship is unknown. Let’s take a look at this story of faith, promises and obedience.

Hannah was a wife who had no children

Story of HannahHannah was one of two wives of Elkanah, and they lived in the hill country of Ephraim. Elkanah’s other wife had sons and daughters and year after year his other wife would provoke Hannah because the Lord did not give her any children. Hannah’s husband did not understand why she was sad and continuously wept and would not eat. He believed that he was as valuable to her as ten sons.

Hannah cried out to the Lord

One day when Hannah could no longer bear the pain of her empty womb, she went to the temple to present her supplication to the Lord. She cried out to the Lord and wept bitterly. She was so upset that she made a promise to the Lord in her request for a son, she said:

“O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” (1 Samuel 1:11)

After she said this prayer out loud she continued to pray in her heart, but her lips moved. She was observed by the priest, Eli, who accused her of being a drunken woman. She explained that she had not had any wine nor strong drink and that instead she was deeply distressed and was praying to the Lord. Eli told her to go in peace and also asked that the Lord would grant her request. After that Hannah was no longer sad and she no longer fasted.

The Lord remembered Hannah’s prayer

Not long after her visit to the temple to present her request to the Lord, she was with child. When she delivered her son she called him Samuel which means “asked of God”. Hannah did not forget her promise to the Lord either and as soon as Samuel was weaned she presented him to the Lord. When she arrived at the temple that same priest, Eli was there. Hannah reminded him of the time that she prayed to the Lord for a son and then dedicated Samuel to the Lord. And he worshiped the Lord there.

Samuel obeyed his Mother and served the Lord

This is just the beginning of the story of Samuel. Samuel was born as a gift and the result of the faithful prayer of his mother. His life through the first and second books of Samuel in the Bible are dominated by prayer. He goes on to become the last of the Judges. He constantly prayed for his people and this he learned from his dear mother, Hannah, a faithful woman of God.

More Bible Stories

Check out some of the other Bible stories that we have written about here at WCWTK:

David’s 5 Favorites

Bible Stories About Faith

Bible Stories About Strength


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Connie Barrett September 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Thank you for the very easy to read story of Hannah.


Chris October 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

thank you for the story on Hannah


Kira October 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I like Hannah have been believing for a child. Boy or girl I will dedicate my child’s life to Him. I feel deep down in my heart that He will grant my request I am asking that like Eli in the story you and others will pray for me and my situation. It was only by grace that I ended up on this sight and I was beyond blessed by this parable. Thank you all in advance.

Your sister in Christ


Hilda March 4, 2020 at 4:18 am

The same God that answered Hannah will also answer you speedily and accept your vows.


Jack Wellman March 4, 2020 at 9:34 am

Taking or making a vow does not guarantee a child. You may be giving out people false hope. We must pray for God’s will and our vows cannot be over and superior to God’s will. No Bible verse tells us to make a vow and God will fuflill it. I hope you are not giving Kira fasle hope.


Khalia October 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Thank you for your writing. It has encouraged me greatly. It is not that I am believing for a child only but the entire package of a husband as well as a family. Thank you very much!


Jovial October 30, 2012 at 9:11 am

May the lord grant you more inpiration to tell more stories of other victims in the scripture Amen(from nigeria)


Anika April 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I always loved this story. My mom told me this story years ago. My husband and I have been married for about 13 years and like Hannah I long to bear a child. I will continue to pray and I ask that you all please pray for me too. Thanks so much.


Pastor C May 18, 2013 at 6:23 am



Bernie May 22, 2013 at 2:32 am

Thank you for an inspiring story of Hannah. Today i woke up with a song in my spirit about how Hannah prayed for baby boy and God eventually granted her request. My need is not for a child, i have three daughters thanks be to God, I am praying for a house of my own. I am 50 years old and still living in a rented house. This being the year of jubilee for me, i am praying for all the promises that goes with this year. I am convinced in my spirit, beyond reasonable doubt, i will SING A NEW SONG come end of 2013! AMEN!


jimoh sadiat anuoluwapo June 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Hannah was a devout,humble woman,and God finally answered her prayers.paul tells us to “pray without ceasing”(1 thessalonias5:17,)


osans September 5, 2013 at 2:55 am

Just like Hannah! Am waiting upone the lord for his miracle in my marrige that he bless me wit the fruit of the womb please all pray with me for I know with God all things are possible in jesus Name Amen!


Shelbie July 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I wept and prayed at Church today over the news that it could be difficult if not impossible for me to conceive. The pastor there saw that I was troubled and when I told him what happened he prayed over me and told me that there WOULD be a child, and I would be like Hannah who said ‘for this child I have prayed’. That led me to this story and now that I’ve read it over and see it, my heart is filled with even more gladness! Hallelujah!


Khandyss December 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Yes, like Hannah I am not only believing God for children but my husband as well!


Patt May 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm

I’ve just found this site, and so glad I did. Thank you. You have given me some insight on who Hannah was. This will help me as we are beginning 1Samuel in our Bible class. I find myself if I have some ideas explained I’m not so lost as we study as a group.
Thank you and God bless you always.


Nomonde Dlamini July 10, 2019 at 4:02 am

Thank you for the story of Hannah the woman of God.
Very inspiring


verna bell July 29, 2019 at 6:36 am

Thank You For your Short Story Of Hannah Very Stright And To The Point Very Easy To Understand.


Okeh Iruka Joshua September 16, 2019 at 5:21 am

Thanks for sharing life(word of God) with me. May God bless you and equip you with greater strength, knowledge and wisdom to do more. May the Lord who visited Hannah in times of need grant me my heart desires and give me the grace to worship him faithfully.


Hilda March 4, 2020 at 4:21 am

I am also believing God for the fruit of the womb, brethren kindly agree with me in prayers that the Lord will also remember me like he remembered Hannah.


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