Praying Is Refusing to Give Up
There are times in almost everyone’s life when they feel like giving up. People can disappoint us and leave us broken, doubting, lonely, or confused. Circumstances in life can seem to pull the rug out from under our feet and leave us feeling like giving up. Maybe as we have been praying through these forty weeks, we are praying for those who may be even now in or facing a struggle. The only way we can stay connected to the life-giving, powerful breath of God is through staying in His living Word and through prayer. Keep praying until the answer comes (like the widow in Luke 18). Hold on to your confidence in God. Patiently and prayerfully do the will of God and you will receive the promise. Hebrews 10:35-36 exhorts us: “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Sometimes life seems as if we are walking across a swinging bridge. There may be strong winds or someone to come along and make us feel as if we will surely fall; however, if we just hold on, we will get to the other side.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.
Father God, give us focused faith! Sharpen our vision to 20/20 vision to see what You see. Holy Spirit, help us to keep on believing, not to lose faith. Help us not to be guided by our sight, but to truly walk by faith. Help us to refuse to give up on Your promises and not to grow “weary in well doing.” Help us to refuse to give up on our lost loved ones and all who are unsaved and broken in the world. Help us to never give up praying for righteousness and salvation in all the nations of the earth. Help us, Lord, to finish well with a strong faith, both individually and as a Church—the bride of Christ. Lord, we want You to be glorified. In Jesus’ name, Amen.