As you approach the last few weeks of the year, you may find yourself tempted to give up on a few hopes. You may be tempted to believe that God has already done what he will do in 2014…and that you might as well stop praying for anything new. You may be tempted to, in the nicest way possible, “fire” God from his position in your life, and consider revisiting the topic of rehire later. And when it comes to the faithless side of logic, you may be tempted to give in.
I know I have. Despite the MANY blessings and victories he’s brought me this 2014, there’s a few things my head & heart still longs to see this year.
So I took it all to God. And during a time of prayer and reflection, He brought me to this:
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly (Luke 18:1-8)
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
“Pray without ceasing,” (1 Thes. 5:17.)
You see, despite our temptation to stop praying, we can’t. 2014 isn’t over and neither is God’s work in it. His giving of “good and perfect gifts” didn’t expire in November. No. His miracles are still suspended in that space between our earth and his heaven, with our prayers, our expression of faith, being the key to their release. Keep praying family. And not just those prayers we’re sure God can answer, but those prayers we’ve subconsciously convinced ourselves he can’t. Pray those forgotten prayers. And let God be the judge of his own power and provision. Not we, ourselves.
Here’s to a month of faithful prayers…and wonderful surprises in return!
In prayer & expectation with you,