David felt that way, so he prayed: “I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest” (Psalm 22:2).
He also prayed truth: “You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted and you delivered them” (Psalm 22:3-4).
Pray honestly, and remember what’s true. God “has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’ ” (Hebrews 13:5).
When people pray the Lord . . .
~sends help (v.2)
~remembers our offerings (v.3)
~regards our sacrifices with favor (v.3)
~grants our heart’s desires (v.4)
~fulfills our plans (v.4)
~fulfills our petitions (v.5)
Worry less. Pray more. Give God glory!
Every day our visit with grandkids started with a Jesus story, like this one: Jesus called two brothers, “Come, follow me.” They stopped fishing and followed him. I’d finish the first story and every day my granddaughter would ask for another Jesus story.
Every story, like every blog post, told simple truth: “Jesus loves us. He wants us to do what he says. He listens to our prayers.”
Whether you’re 5 or 85, stories about Jesus never grow old!
She* was born 1,825 days ago.
That’s a lot of days.
And every day is another chance to pray!
*She is our granddaughter, Greta. Today is her 5th birthday. We love her so!!
Waiting can seem endless. How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? (Psalm 13:1)
As you wait, pray with expectant hope. Consider and answer me, O Lord, my God . . . I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation (Psalm 13:3-5).
I read this: “Offer right sacrifices” (Psalm 4:5) and wondered what God wants from me.
Then I read this: “I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psalm 5:3).
After that I remembered we’re told to present our “bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1).
Prayer is preparing yourself to be a living sacrifice for God.
Jesus waited to respond when he heard his friend was sick (read John 11).
Sometimes Jesus waits to respond to our prayers. That’s why we’re told, “Keep on asking” (Matthew 7:7).
In the end, God’s glory will be revealed and people will see that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.