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).
“Eugene Peterson has died and is now with the Triune God he has loved his entire life. Family says Message author joyfully looked toward heaven as he neared death, saying, ‘Let’s go.'”*
*adapted from: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/october/eugene-peterson-died-message-bible-long-obedience-resurrect.html
“Our words are more important than we ever supposed. Saying “I Believe,” for instance, marks the difference between life and death.”*
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
*Eugene Peterson, The Message, p.1914.
Prayer is a conversation with God in which authenticity of spirit and attentiveness of mind are essential.*
*Eugene Peterson, Praying with Jesus, February 25.
Stop. Pause. Think.
Ponder in your own hearts, and be silent. Selah
Put your trust in the Lord (from Psalm 4:4-5).
Trials and tears
Pain that sears
Full of fears
Tell your peers.
Then change gears
Direct your cry to God’s ears
The Lord hears when I call to him (Psalm 4:3).
Sometimes the Lord’s answers seem slow in coming. Sometimes it seems our heart’s longings will never be realized.
Pray anyway. Pray always. Pray. Pray. Pray.
“Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!” (Psalm 126:5).
Pharaoh asked Moses to . . .
“Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away” (Exodus 8:8).
“Plead for me” (Exodus 8:28).
“Plead with the Lord for me, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail
“Plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me” (Exodus 10:17).
Pharaoh saw God answer prayer. So can you.