Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. “And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer.”
Isaac was 60 years old when Rebekah gave birth to their twin boys (see Genesis 25:19-26).
Have you been praying and waiting for a long time? Don’t give up.
It was the first day in her new job. She was somewhat apprehensive.
We prayed fervently for her success. At day’s end she texted, “My day was actually fun.”
“Joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper (Psalm 146:5).”
I was setting up for the sale and she decided to help. The task seemed overwhelming, so she prayed, “Jesus, help us!”
Jesus helped us.
And I learned that she is a person who prays.
Call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory (Psalm 51:15).
Our rescue and God’s glory are outcomes of prayer.
He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer (Psalm 9:12 NLT).
We suffer. God listens.
God had given us four. Rachel, Jonathan, Sarah, and Jacob were and are so very loved, so very wanted, so very wonderful.
We asked for just one more.
That was 27 years ago and we’re still thanking God for giving so much more than what we asked. To Him be the glory (Ephesians 3:21)!
P.S. Happy Birthday, Anneliese!
King Hezekiah prayed for his people, “May the good Lord pardon everyone who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.“
The Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.
And the people gave thanks to the Lord (from 2 Chronicles 30:19-23).
Bursting with joy, I told the 7th graders I was teaching about our healthy newborn grandson. I told them life is a gift we should not take for granted; that our oldest daughter delivered two stillborn babies this year.
A student told me, “My great grandmother was pregnant 20 times. Two of her children lived.”
Give thanks to God for every life.
P.S. I am especially thankful for our sweet new grandson.
Capable warriors, skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords and bows could have trusted in themselves.
Instead, “They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him (from 1 Chronicles 5:18-20).”
Capable people should pray.
We tell our grandchildren that God answers prayer. God showed them He does.
Three granddaughters and their parents left our apartment right on schedule. The elevator came. We got on. The door shut. The elevator didn’t move. The door wouldn’t open. We pushed the help button.
Grandpa said, “Let’s all pray, ‘Father, we need your help.'” The elevator moved. When it stopped, the door opened. We made it outside before their Uber ride to the airport arrived. We thanked God!
God used an elevator emergency to show our granddaughters that He answers prayer.
May we never forget.