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).
Consider this: “The surviving remnant . . . shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. . . .The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this (Isaiah 37:31-32).“
When you pray for your church, appeal to God’s zeal. He can make your church take root and bear fruit.
Here’s what they did: O Lord, in distress they sought you, they poured out a whispered prayer (Isaiah 26:16).
Here’s what they knew: O Lord, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done all our works (Isaiah 26:12).
Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. For to you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (from Luke 2:11).
Christmas is also a reminder that Jesus will be back. The Lord himself will descend from heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Waiting, we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
They fell on their faces and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh (Numbers 16:22).
Do you ever fall on your face when you pray? Do you address God as the Sovereign Lord?
The Egyptians dealt harshly with us and our fathers. And when we cried to the Lord, he heard our voice and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt (Numbers 20:15-16).
When you cry to the Lord, he hears your voice.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words (Psalm 119:147).
“Hope in God’s word encouraged him to continue constant in prayer, though the answer did not come immediately.”*
*Matthew Henry, The Matthew Henry Commentary, p. 713.
In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me (Psalm 120:1).
David “appealed to him who has all men’s hearts in his hand . . . He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer.”*
*Matthew Henry, The Matthew Henry Commentary, p. 715.