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).
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry (Psalm 40:1).
Wait for the Lord. He will not be late!
“In your prayers, beware of limiting God, not only through unbelief but also by thinking you know exactly what He can do. Learn to expect the unexpected.”*
God is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think (Ephesians 4:20).
*L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert, p. 413.
I called upon the Lord . . . and my cry reached his ears (Psalm 18:6).
“Prayer is the link that connects us with God. It is the bridge that spans every gulf and carries us safely over every chasm of danger or need.”*
*L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert, p. 412.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith . . . praying at all times (Ephesians 6:16-18).
Pray with faith. “The strongest and greatest character is grown through hardship.”*
*L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert, p.105
Jesus went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone (Matthew 14:23).
“Oh, the thought of having God all alone to myself, and knowing that God has me all alone to Himself!”*
*Andrew Murray as quoted in Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman, p. 403.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).
“‘In everything’ — not simply when our house is on fire or when our beloved spouse and children are gravely ill, but even in the smallest matters of life. We are to take everything to God — little things, very little things, even what the world calls trivial. Yes, we are to take everything, living all day long in holy fellowship with our heavenly Father and precious Lord Jesus.”*
*L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert, p.386.
Model your prayers after those you find in Scripture.
Here’s an example based on Colossians 1:9-10. “Fill my friend with the knowledge of your will. Give spiritual wisdom and understanding. Help him to walk worthy of you, please you, bear fruit in every good work and know you more every day.”