THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: GOD ANSWERS PRAYER Adult/Young Adult Topic: ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN Printed Text: 1 Samuel 1:9-20
KEY VERSE: 1 Samuel 1:17 (NIV) Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: Many people often feel that no one hears them when they express their deepest desires. Is anyone really listening? Hannah, who had no children, asked God for a son, promising to dedicate him to God’s service; and soon she conceived and gave birth.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: We can learn from Hannah that the proper response to the gift of God’s grace is to give it back. Hannah knew this from the beginning and vowed to give back of the grace God might grant. When the time came for her to be blessed with a child, Hannah’s response teaches us something about proper responses to the gifts of God in our lives. When the infant Samuel was weaned, Hannah returns to the sanctuary with offerings and sacrifices and she dedicates the child to God.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us ever to look unto Thee in good times and in difficult seasons. Give us the patience to wait on you in the full knowledge that you are a God who will answer prayer. Create in us that unfailing hope that nothing is too hard for you. We give you thanks for your goodness and your grace all along life’s journey. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen