Those who “call on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26 NIV) learn that “the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10 NIV).”
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Prayer is a mutual holding between God and us.
I am your God . . . I will uphold you with my righteous hand (Isaiah 41:10).
We hold on to what we have until Jesus comes (from Revelation 2:25).
As you thank God for what He does, also thank Him for who He is.
God knows all things (from John 21:17).
God is kind (from Romans 11:22).
God is love (1 John 4:8).
God is good (from Jeremiah 33:11).
God is wise (from Romans 16:27).
God is strong (from Psalm 24:8).
We pray. God does what we think He will. We pray about something else. God does not do what we think He will.
We choose to believe that in all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).
Our faith grows because faith is . . . being certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).
We thank Him.
We tell others.
God is praised!
We were eating a dinner I made. My friend made sure to say that everything I served was delicious. Then she said, “You are a good cook.”
We can pray that way.
Thank God for what He does and for what that shows about who He is.
It’s no surprise that he wanted to be with Jesus. This once-tormented man was now perfectly sane because Jesus had commanded the evil spirits to leave him.
Even though he begged, Jesus said, “No, go home to your family and tell them everything the Lord has done for you (Mark 5:19).”
Sometimes Jesus says yes. Sometimes he says, “No, go and tell. . . .”
Imagine the three of them, Jesus, Jairus, and the woman, standing together.
Jairus had asked Jesus to heal his daughter, but the woman’s faith had interrupted their conversation. She touched Jesus and was healed. Jesus was saying, “Your faith has made you well,” when messengers told Jairus his daughter had died.
Jesus looked at Jairus and said, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Like the woman, Jairus believed. Like the woman, Jairus saw a miracle (Read the story in Mark 5:21-43).
Talk about God’s answers to your prayers.
“God isn’t scrambling to come up with some kind of scheme to meet our latest crisis. . . . His plans have long since been laid. They are secure. And they have you in mind.”*
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
Remember these truths as you pray.
*Tessa Afshar, The Way Home, p.167.