Praying in the Wrong Place
Overcome with sorrow, Hannah approached the Tabernacle to pray. Appearing at the Tabernacle threshold implied that she had a covenant relationship with the Almighty. He was, after all, enthroned inside this house.
Was it right for her to stand in this sacred area and pour out her heart in prayer? The Tabernacle threshold was reserved only for the priests. Remarkably, the High Priest allowed her to remain, and she approached God as her Divine Husband. Her prayer to Him at the threshold was a direct appeal to the laws of their spiritual marriage. If He said yes, the authority of this transcendental husband could change her circumstances.
Like Esther in the king’s house, Hannah went someplace she wasn’t supposed to go. At the threshold, she shared her heart with a listening "Husband God" and understood that His answer was on its way to her.
The Almighty responded by changing the laws of nature for Hannah. The answer to her prayer came before her next festival pilgrimage to the Tabernacle. No more would she be barren, nor suffer the taunts of her husband’s co-wife who had borne him many children.
Hannah gave birth to Samuel, a son she dedicated back to God for holy service. For a time, Samuel was the Light of the Menorah for Israel.
Published February 16, 2017