I’ve been thinking lately. I know. Always dangerous! I’ve been thinking about prayer. Swirling thoughts. Not really coming to any rested conclusion. Well, maybe.
And I know what you’re thinking. So, no, I didn’t forget these scriptures…
* “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18 NLT)
* “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” (Eph. 6:18 NKJV)
* “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7 NKJV)
* “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt. 7:7-8 NLT)
But no, I’m not really going to stop praying. For one thing, prayer is so ingrained in me that I couldn’t stop, even if I truly wanted to. And besides, why would I stop talking to my Father?
However, when months and years pass and no end is in sight to certain circumstances, what is one supposed to do? Well, I’ll just thank the Lord that He is working and answering each prayer according to His will. I’m standing in agreement with Him and His Word.
I’m going to cement myself in persevering hope, for “Hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (Rom. 8:24b-25 NKJV)
“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us.” (Rom. 5:5 NLT)
Because Jesus told His disciples “a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must keep praying until the answer comes” (Luke 18:1 TLB), I’ll do this…
* “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 NIV)
* “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20 NLT)
* “Hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” (Heb. 6:18b-19a NLT)
Believe, give thanks, and hope. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do anyway?
And the end of every prayer? I’ll say what Jesus said to Martha before He commanded Lazarus to come forth from his stinking condition, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” (John 11:41 NKJV)
Do you have a stinking condition? Have you prayed for years for something and nothing has happened? Praise the Father. Thank Him that He hears you. And agree with Him, having confidence that He “is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” (Rom. 8:28 Voice) And continue on in persevering hope.
Therefore, “Tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6b-7 TLB)
And in the end? Yeah, I’m sure I’ll keep on asking!