Prayer & Praise
Our God, our hope in ages past, help in ages past, our hope for years to come.
We lift our hearts to Thee.
We thank Thee Thou didst ever createst.
We grieve that we ever marred that creation by sin; but, having done that, we rejoice that Thou didst find a way through love to save us: the sacrifice of Thy Son.
He who was from the beginning, yielded Himself on a tree that He might die.
We can never thank Thee enough.
We pray Thee for those who are lost in our midst this evening.
Oh Holy Spirit, Thou would draw and pull.
May the unsaved hear the voice of Jesus say, ‘Come unto me and rest.’ May the thirsty hear Him say, ‘Come unto me and drink.’ May the blind hear Him say, ‘Come unto me and see.’ May the dead hear Him say, ‘Come unto me and live.’
Oh Lord, kindly do this for Jesus sake.
Right now I don’t even see the point of praying. All it does is remind you of your problems without fixing those problems or making you more capable of accepting and living with those problems. It all seems pointless and depressing.
I’ve gone through seasons like that.
Things are still tough now, but I’ve seen God move in amazing ways in the midst of it all…in response to prayer.
I still pray that God would miraculously heal me and both godsons…instead He has sustained us enough to keep on moving.
He has been gracious and generous to me, especially this month.
I pray that He would do the same for you…and that this cyber community would hold you up in prayer.
one can be too worn down to pray – shame on the rest of us, if we don’t then stand in the gap – just praying for someone because we know God loves them … and we’ve been tasked with being our brothers’ keepers, eh?
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
I always think about Daniel praying daily with no answer.
And then unexpectedly an angel appears and tells him that he was dispatched earlier but was hindered.
“Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.”
(Daniel ten verse twelve)
The prince of the kingdom of Persia hindered the angelic messenger for twenty one days.
Then Michael, possibly a warring angel comes to the aid of the messenger.
Daniels words were heard; his prayers were heard, and an answer ordered to be given, the very first day he began to pray, and fast, and mourn, though it was now full three weeks since; just as, at the beginning of his former supplications, Gabriel had a commandment to go and show him that they were indeed heard.
J2 hang in there, we just never know.
But if Jesus says we should pray and not give up, what else can we do but “keep on truckin” as the hippies used to say.
We are not really praying to overcome God’s reluctance to respond as it were.
As Daniels experience shows us, there are often other underlying elements at play in the advanced physics of prayer.
I pray that Almighty God restore your hope and joy in Christ Jesus as you pray knowing that He hears you.
The timing is out of our hands and apparently angelic messengers also.
It wasn’t until Michael showed up that Daniel got an answer to his prayer.
Michael had to tell Daniel, “Don’t be afraid” because he obviously was intimidated at his presence.
Hope you get Daniel’s style of answered prayer soon!