Day 220 –
Pray until you get an answer.
Jeremiah 42:7 “Ten days later the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.”
Whenever there’s an issue: a tragedy, a decision to be made, a friend in trouble or needing your help, someone lost, or any other reason, I’m going to assume you pray.
Maybe just maybe, you hear the prayer request from someone or you feel anxious over your own troubles and you pray once, but then you never pray again. Have you been there?
I’ve been so frustrated with myself when I’ve only prayed once or maybe twice and then days, weeks, months go by and I hear about the same need and I realize I had stopped.
Why is it that we stop praying? Why does it only come back up when we see that person again or get overwhelmed and feel those same feelings we felt months back? Are we using prayers as a wishing well system, placing that one prayer up to God and hoping He grants it in the way we’ve deemed right?
Jeremiah 42:4 “I have heard you,” replied Jeremiah the prophet. “I will certainly pray to the Lord your God as you have requested; I will tell you everything the Lord says and will keep nothing back from you.”
First, we need to commit to prayer when we commit to pray.
A few weeks ago I received a phone call from an overwhelmed mama. She had no place to go, couldn’t sign her kids up for school because she didn’t have a place to live, and wasn’t sure how to take care of her kids while trying to find a job to provide for them as well. I knew she was wanting me to give her a quick fix answer to her problems, but I also knew what she needed, through the tears, was prayer. So over the phone instead of waiting to pray once I got off, I began to pray for her. She relaxed and I was able to look into opportunities we may have to help her. But even greater, I promised this distressed mama, God would be looking out for her and provide for all her needs. It’s in the immediacy of prayer that God will provide the peace for us to see more clearly the fuller need.
Praying once doesn’t mean our time of prayer is done.
We should never give up praying until the prayer we’re praying is answered.
Constantly, I hear of prayer requests or have my own family woes that I need to pray for. One in particular, was causing me to have all kinds of anxiety leaving me with stomach issues, head issues, sleep issues, non-mom friendly issues…..have you been there?
Well I prayed and prayed and……….prayed for over a year……definitely one of the longest years of my life. But as soon as the prayer was answered it made so much sense why it took the time it took for the prayer to be answered. It was definitely in God’s timing for all things to line up and it was in God’s desire for us to grow closer and for Him to heal my inner hurts that had been hidden away.
Some prayers may be answered in the immediacy for us to see His Power, but other prayers may take time and consistency for us to grow in our Faith.
My recommendation….if you have a hard time remembering prayers, keep a journal, keep pictures of those you are praying for up around you (I love utilizing Christmas Cards).
When we pray our relationship will goes with Our Heavenly Father, and I promise, those we are praying for will also be feeling our prayers through the Holy Spirit.
Speaking of, if you have prayed for my family, I can’t thank you enough. Your prayers have encouraged me in my prayers for others. Your prayers are being answered. Things will never be the same as they once were, but we have been comforted, filled with peace, and restored with Joy.
From my heart to yours, Pray, pray, pray, unceasingly. Or at least until that prayer is answered!