Saturday, April 26, 2008

Persevering in Prayer

It seems lately the Lord has been speaking to me about my prayer life. We have just begun a new study in Sunday School called 'In His Presence' and it is all about prayer. I know there is always room for improvement in my prayer life. Heck, there's always room for improvement in every area of my life! ;)
We have a daily calendar of devotions by Billy Graham. What an awesome man of God, a wonderful example of perseverance. I wanted to share with you two back to back devotions from last week:
April 17th
'Some years ago, a woman wrote me that she had pleaded for ten years for the conversion of her husband, but that he was more hardened than ever. I advised her to continue to plead. Sometime later I heard from her again. She said her husband was gloriously and miraculously converted in the eleventh year of her prayer vigil. How thankful she was that she had kept on praying! The Scripture says, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17).....your responsibility isn't to tell God when He must act or even how He must act. Your responsibility is simply to "pray without ceasing," trusting Him to act according to His perfect will.'
April 18th
'One lesson that Jesus would teach us is to have confidence that God answers every true petition. Skeptics may question it, humanists may deny it, and intellectuals may ridicule it. Yet here is Christ's own promise: "If you abide in me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).....Does He promise to give us anything we want, if we just keep asking? No. God loves us too much to answer prayers that are foolish or might harm us....The Bible promises, "No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless" (Psalm 84:11). Trust that promise with all your soul.'

I just wanted to share that with you and hope that it blesses you and reminds you like it did me to keep on praying, keep on praying, keep on praying! We may not EVER see the fruits of our prayers, but we can know that God is working. I heard a pastor say one time that prayer is the tendon that moves the mighty Hand of God. His hand is moving!!!!!!!!

11 comments:

Sherri said...

Amen!

This has been an area where I've been hearing from Him as well.

We're praying right along with you, Laine! Keep us informed when you receive an answer!

Sherri

Leighboe said...

LOVE the April 17 devotion, Laine. Thanks for posting that!

The Young's said...

So so true laine!! God has been speaking the same thing to us lately! Thanks for sharing. We're praying along with you as you wait for your new little one. Bless you guys! We love you!
Buffi

Sonya said...

Amen Sister! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
Praying with you!

MichelleQ said...

Yes, He is!!!

Walker said...

Awesome Girl!! You are so right!
Keisha

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Robyn said...

Thanks Laine!! I needed that!
Love you!
Robyn

Carlton and Aimee Weathers said...

I needed to read that post. Prayer is the ONLY thing that is going to sustain me through this horrible, heart wrenching, wait. UGH..I am so discouraged these days.

mommy24treasures said...

thank you so much!!!!!! Share anytime!

Janet said...

Good post Laine! I love reading your blog but don't always get to comment. I am usually holding Kassidy. Tonight I am staying up way to late!! God as been stirring me too in the area of prayer. May we be women who persevere in prayer!! Love you!

Southern Cheesehead said...

Awesome post...and I sit here as a poster child that the prayer thing works after this weekend! He does make His path abundantly clear...in His timing!