Women who faithfully pray still get sick. Life still disappoints. Children cause grief, husbands lose jobs or much worse, lose interest in marriage.
Yet these women still pray.
By praying, they know, “In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old” (Isaiah 63:9).
In her Bible Study On Bended Knee, Crickett Keeth asks what it means to pray “according to the riches of his glory (Ephesians 3:16)?”*
It means we pray expecting God “to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:21).”
Here’s why: “The greater a person’s wealth, the greater his gift must be to qualify for giving according to his wealth. For God to give according to the riches of His glory is absolutely staggering, because His riches are limitless, completely without bounds.”**
*adapted from Crickett Keeth, On Bended Knee, p. 43.
**John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Ephesians, p.102.
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God (Romans 14:11).”
Ponder that as you pray.
When we “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has done” then they “put their trust in God (Psalm 78:4-7).”
Greta* recently told me, “My stomach hurt so I prayed and my stomach stopped hurting.”
*Greta, our very much loved granddaughter, turns six years old today.
When we pray Scripture, our prayers have deeper meaning than we can understand.
When we pray, “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith (Ephesians 3:17a)” we’re asking the Lord to pervade and govern our actions, behaviors and thoughts.
We recently heard about Abdullah who was put in prison for his faith in Jesus. He lost his family, his home, and his job because he chose to believe, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).”
He sent us this message: “Tell the churches in America that I am praying for them.”
Thank you, dear brother. We are inspired by your story and encouraged by your prayers.
I took this picture in Israel. See the trees and flowers; houses and tombs. It’s not all that different, really, from where we live.
God is still writing stories through us. No matter where we are. P.R.A.Y.
It was night when Jesus and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. The disciples fell asleep. Jesus asked them, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray (Matthew 36:40).”
It was a bright sunny day when we visited the Garden of Gethsemane. I imagined Jesus asking me, “Could you watch with me one hour? Keep watch and pray.” “Watch and pray . . . the spirit is willing, but the body is weak (Matthew 26:41).”