The Holy War – 3

Once again they petitioned the King, this time pleading for mercy.  The Prince said, “I have power and commandment to from my Father to forgive you, and do forgive accordingly.”

“He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise, that they may be called oaks of righteousness” (from Isaiah 61:3).

*adapted from John Bunyan, The Holy War, p.173.

The Holy War – 1

The Holy War, an allegory on the Christian life by John Bunyan, shows the impact of prayer on spiritual warfare.

“A petition was delivered to the King’s Son. He read it, and because it pleased him, he added some things and with his own hand carried it to the King. The petition made the King glad, but how much more, when it was seconded by His Son.*

Christ Jesus, who is at the right hand of God, also intercedes for us (from Romans 8:34).

*adapted from John Bunyan, The Holy War, p. 128-129.

When Women Pray – 4

Deeply distressed, Hannah prayed, weeping bitterly. Eli spoke a blessing, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition . . . her face was no longer sad (1 Samuel 1:17-18).

The very next day she and her family “Rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:19).

When women pray, despair becomes joy.

When Women Pray – 3

Her husband died. Her sons died. She said, “The hand of the Lord has gone out against me” (Ruth 1:13).

Still, Naomi prayed for the wives her sons left behind. “May the Lord deal kindly with you. . . . The Lord grant you rest, each in the house of her husband” (from Ruth 1:8-9). 

One daughter-in-law, Ruth, chose to follow Naomi’s God and is now in the lineage of Christ (see Matthew 1:5).

That’s what happens when women pray. Even when life is hard.