Hannah, one of the Levite Elkanah’s two wives, prayed and acted in faith. Childless Hannah was taunted by the other wife, Peninnah, who bore several children. At the tabernacle, Hannah vowed that if she bore a son, she would give him to Jehovah. Because her lips quivered while she prayed, High Priest Eli thought she was drunk. Learning that this was not so, he said: “May the God of Israel grant your petition.” Although Hannah did not know exactly what the outcome would be, she had faith that her prayer would be answered. Therefore, “her face became self-concerned no more.” She was no longer sad or downcast.—1 Sam. 1:9-18.
After the birth and weaning of Samuel, Hannah presented him to Jehovah for sacred service at the tabernacle. (1 Sam. 1:19-28) Taking time to meditate on her prayer on that occasion may well enrich your own prayers and help you to see that even sadness over a distressing problem can be overcome if you pray in faith that Jehovah will answer you.—1 Sam. 2:1-10.