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).
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; . . . I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3).
You can’t pray all day if you don’t start in the morning.
Valiant men, expert in war, who carried shield and sword,
Prevailed over their enemy because they cried out to God in the battle.
He granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him (from 1 Chronicles 5:18-22).
“‘Not by might, nor by power, but by Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).
Jesus said: Go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Matthew 6:6).
Elijah did just that. He saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord (2 Kings 4:32-33).
Death became life because of secret prayer!
An enemy army surrounded them, but Elisha confidently believed,
“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Then Elisha prayed for his servant. “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”
So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man.
Next Elisha prayed about the enemy: “Please strike this people with blindness.”
So the Lord struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.
And then Elisha prayed again,”O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.”
So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw.
You can read the whole story in 2 Kings 6:15-23.
“Because your heart was penitent,
and you humbled yourself before the Lord,
when you heard how I spoke against this place
I also have heard you, declares the Lord.”
(from 2 Kings 22:19)
“We have heard of the pride of Moab—
how proud he is!—
of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence . . .
When Moab presents himself,
when he wearies himself on the high place,
when he comes to his sanctuary to pray,
he will not prevail.”
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).”