Joy For All Seasons

Devotional
“Now He was telling them a parable to show them at all times they should pray and not lose heart.” - Luke 18:1

I long to be a prayer warrior. I want to live in that influential place of heartfelt communication and sweet communion with God.

Prayer is the force that makes hell quiver in fear and causes heaven to stand to its feet with joyful applause.

Nothing eternal is accomplished on earth without the power and focus of a saint who is committed to the discipline of prayer.

Prayer is the vehicle through which the greatest work of my life will be done.

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (Mark 11:24)

I long for my prayers to move mountains, to calm storms, and to heal sick people. I long for it day after endless day.

And yet ... day after day after day ... all I see is one mountain range after another. And over all of my mountains, there always seems to be at least one fierce and defiant storm brewing.

“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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6 & 7)

I must tell you ... I refuse to give up. I refuse to be paralyzed or crippled by what my eyes see. I will pray when others give up. I will pray in spite of a quiet heaven.

I will pray when storms sneer and when mountains mock.

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

I defiantly refuse to believe that prayer is a waste of time. I will set my resolve and pray on when nothing changes.

I will pray in the dark of the night when the towering mountains minimize my value.

I will pray when the howl of life’s storms threatens to drown out the volume of my solitary and desperate prayer.

I will pray in the face of sickness and pain. I will beg for God’s sweet presence to heal and restore.

I will pray!

Joyful Thought to Ponder: What is the best answer to prayer that you have ever received?