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).
Praying for others can be as simple as mentioning their names to the Lord.
“Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel . . . on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the Lord” (Exodus 28:29).
I substitute teach part time. Early last week, a job in a bilingual class was posted. I speak only English so I did not take the job right away, but asked Lord to keep it open if that’s where he wanted to use me.
He kept it for me, and I had a wonderful day working with students from all over the world.
I will continue to pray and choose jobs believing we were created “to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
“Jesus told his disciples . . . that they should always pray and never give up.
God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night.”
(Luke 18:1-7 NLT).
The answer is no. The Lord himself has said, “I am God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1).
“When we pray to El Shadday, we invoke the name of the one for whom nothing is impossible.”*
*Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of God, p. 40.
“He was very tired, but he walked bravely on through the mist and darkness, praying in his heart that the King would watch over him. And after a time he thought of some words that he had read in the King’s Book. ‘He shall give his angels charge over thee.'”*
Claim that same promise when you pray, for the Lord will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11).
*Helen Taylor, Little Pilgrim’s Progress, p. 89.
“Sometimes as we wait on the Holy Spirit, He will free our minds and lips to express our longings to God. At other times, we may just kneel before the Lord in silence knowing that the Holy Spirit is bringing our petitions before God.”*
“Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20 NLT).
*Mark Bubeck, Warfare Praying, p.79.
“The enemies of the Protestant cause dreaded the prayers of Knox more than they feared the armies of ten thousand men.”
Charles H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Lectures to his Students, p. 44.