Don’t Give Up Hope

My middle daughter recently told me this story: “We had given up hope. I prayed one more time. The thought flashed through my mind that I should look through the file box again. It seemed ridiculous, because I had looked so many times, but I got out of bed, and opened a folder. The social security card we were looking for dropped out.”

Do not give up! God answers prayer.

Gratitude is Attractive

Seven things went wrong last week, all of them hard and out of her control. She prayed and asked others to pray.

This week, her problems are in the process of being solved. When I asked her what to pray, she thought and then answered, “I’m so grateful for what the Lord is doing, all I can think to say is thank you.”

It’s fun to help a person like her.


Expectations Informed by Prayer

We expect sunny weather when there’s one small hand-sized cloud in the sky.

Elijah, on the other hand, expected heavy showers because of one small cloud.

Why such different expectations? Elijah had prayed earnestly for rain. I’m happy to report that soon after that one small cloud appeared, Elijah’s sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower (1 Kings 18:45).

Let faith in God, through prayer, inform your expectations.

God Still Answers Prayer

If a complete and total stranger came up to me and asked whether or not God answers prayer, I would say he undoubtedly does. Since our God is loving and kind, he listens to us, and pays attention to what we say when we pray.

One example of this being so: We used to have an elderly couple for our next door neighbors. Now, the woman took excellent care of her yard, a beautiful flower garden being her pride and joy. Once she and her husband decided to go on vacation, and so, low and behold, we were asked to take care of her garden. All went well until one afternoon; we looked out of our windows and it was hailing! My mom knew the lady would be devastated if her flowers were ruined, so we got down on our knees and prayed. When we looked up, the hail had stopped! Such an excellent example that God answers prayer is certainly undeniable.*

*Written by my daughter, Anneliese Marie, when she was 11 years old. This memory will forever be etched in our minds.