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).
Praise is an expression of wonder, approval and appreciation.*
We praise the Lord for who He is.
We praise the Lord for what He does.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6).
*Kurt Bjorkland, Prayers for Today, p.74.
Usually the lesser helps the greater.
But God, the greatest, helps the least.
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life (Psalm 54:4).
This is why we pray.
Spend time in the Lord’s presence praying for yourself.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
(Psalm 51:10-13 bold mine)
While working on a house project, my husband silently prayed, “Lord, what tool should I use for this next step?”
At that moment, the thought flashed through my mind to tell him about a tool I knew we had. It was exactly what he needed.
God is a very present help (from Psalm 46:1).
Today in the Word,* a daily devotional by Moody Bible Institute, features daily prayer requests.
These requests, written month’s prior to publication, often coincide with specific needs realized on that date.
Prayer matters to God.
The most seriously wounded are usually silent – perhaps it’s hardest to pray about our deepest hurts. We just want the pain to go away.
Even when you don’t know what to say, try to pray. “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8).
I made a new friend in our building’s laundry room last week. I had loaded a huge pile of wet clothes into a dryer, then realized I had no money. A woman noticed my dilemma, held our her laundry card and said, “Here, use mine!”
Her generosity reminds me of God’s, who gives good gifts to people who don’t yet know him.
“Before they call, I will answer” (Isaiah 65:24).