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.
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.
Her voice, her face, spoke the sorrow of unanswered prayer.
I have no words but these: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13).
The story is simple. A woman repeatedly requested help. At first the judge refused her. But she continued coming and he granted her request (from Luke 18:1-8).
The message is clear. Don’t give up until your prayer is answered.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
Listen to my cry for mercy.
In the day of my trouble
I will call to you.
For you will answer me.
We pray with hope for what we do not see.
We pray with perseverance waiting eagerly for God (see Romans 8:25).
When Jesus taught about prayer, He said, “If you keep knocking long enough, he . . . will give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence (Luke 11:8).”
Over and over, again and again, we pray. God provides. We praise Him.
Then the cycle of need, prayer, provision, and praise begins again.