Women who faithfully pray still get sick. Life still disappoints. Children cause grief, husbands lose jobs or much worse, lose interest in marriage.
Yet these women still pray.
By praying, they know, “In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old” (Isaiah 63:9).
The Lord alone is worthy!
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 5:11).”
We are entirely dependent on God for spiritual results.
“Solid, lasting missionary work is done on our knees.”*
*Mrs. Howard Taylor, Behind the Ranges, p. 47.
“There is a living God. He has spoken in His Word. He means just what he says and will do all that he has promised.”*
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory (2 Corinthians 1:20).
*Mrs. Howard Taylor, Behind the Ranges, p.24.
“The old man began to suffer from a strange unaccountable pain . . . At last someone said, ‘Why not pray to God about it?’
They did . . . and there was peace. The pain passed away.”*
*Mrs. Howard Taylor, Behind the Ranges, p. 68.
“At any leisure moment you would see him reading from his leather-bound pocket book, in which he had a long list of names for whom he prayed daily. He remembers them all before God in silent prayer.”*
Put a list on your phone (most of us take them everywhere) and pray for people whenever you have a second!
Continue steadfastly in prayer . . . making the best use of the time (Colossians 4:1-5).
*adapted from Mrs. Howard Taylor, Behind the Ranges, p.177.
No matter what, we pray knowing that for those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
You meant it for evil against me, but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20).
God was justifiably angry when His people worshiped a golden calf. He wanted to destroy them. But Moses prayed: “Why should the Egyptians say, “With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them? . . . and God relented of the disaster he had spoken of (Exodus 32:12-14).
We who bear Christ’s name can implore the Lord to keep his reputation untarnished, even when we sin.