“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”‘
It truly is. And it wasn’t until recently (like the past several months recently), that I have realized how true this scripture is. There have been several areas in my life, where I have been praying, and praying, AND PRAYING, and have seen no fruit.
I don’t know about you, but there have been times in my life (including this one) where the following thoughts crossed my mind:
“Where are you, God?”
“Are you even listening?”
“Why am I wasting time praying, it hasn’t made a difference yet.”
I hate to admit it, but I am just being honest.
first thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice, always, pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you.”
Pray without ceasing. I’ve grown up hearing that this verse means, to be in constant communicate with the Lord. It means that whenever you need Jesus, speak to him as if he was right there with you (cause he is). I’ve heard it means to have a lifestyle and a habit of prayer. But maybe it could also mean, to literally pray without ceasing. To keep praying even when you aren’t seeing God move in your situation. To pray for the Lord’s will to be done, but continue to present your requests to him, even when you feel he is silent.
I don’t know what the greek word was for “ceasing” before this was translated over, so I could be totally off, but maybe not!
“If you, then, being of human nature, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts for those who ask him.”
I love this verse. It shows us a glimpse into the nature of our creator. He IS a good father; he loves us so much. Notice the part that says, ‘for those who ask him.’ You may not have because you do not ask. He created us to long and need a relationship with him. Tell him what you need, tell him you need him!
One thing I have learned recently, is that he truly knows what is best for his children. I thought I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom. I am realizing, that in fact, I do not. It’s not that I don’t love my baby or want to spend all the time in the world with her. But staying at home for 6 months was hard, mentally and emotionally—for ME.
I had been praying and asking God to make a way for me to stay home, even before I had my little one. I felt crushed and hurt when he did not open this door. But you know what, in hindsight, I now see that he knew what was best. I am happier than I ever have been in my life. I love my job, and love coming home to my sweet girl. My time with her is so much sweeter.
Even though I was sad at the time, and I felt my prayers were unanswered, he was looking out for me all along. Our Father knows what is best for us. Rest in knowing that all things work together for your good. (Romans 8:28)
Sweet mama, the Lord hears your prayers and he sees you. He knows where you are at. He has not forgotten you or forsaken you! His yoke is easy and his burden is light. Come to him and tell him what you need. He is a good father and loves to hear his children speak to him. Oh how we need his love.