Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
They are there every single time. Every time. Each season of 21 Days of Prayer at church, the couple with the little boy are there. The father always carries his son. From the time he was an infant and even now that he is a little boy of three or four.
I can see the father mouthing his prayers and the son doing the same. He is always such a good boy; not squirming or crying to get down. He just rests peacefully on his father’s shoulder.
Just before we come together to pray corporately, the mother joins them. Father and mother hold hands. And they walk. And they pray. They are the most beautiful picture of persistence and consistency in prayer.
The pastor said that day that there is always a space between God hearing our prayers and God answering our prayers. Sometimes that space is blessedly short. But other times it feels agonizingly long. He said in that space is where we must trust God and fight against doubt.
The doubt that makes us question if God actually heard our prayers. We think maybe we didn’t word it right? Or we weren’t specific enough? Perhaps we asked amiss? Any way, it feels like our prayers are hitting the ceiling and being flung back to the ground.
I’ve been there. In a dry, dark pit. And there didn’t seem to be a way out. I prayed all kinds of prayers. But it was as if I could see the words of my prayers bouncing off the ceiling and all the letters raining back down around me, leaving me right where I started.
It seemed like I should just give up praying. God wasn’t answering me anyway. Then, just as I was about to give up, a wonderful friend said, just keep praying. You are closer to your answer than you know.
They were right. While my circumstances did eventually change, the change in me took place long before. Praying with persistence yields a heart softened to the work of God. A heart more tuned in to serving and glorifying Him. A heart that can hear the Holy Spirit whisper, “This the way.”
Persistence in the space between prayer and answer can lead to a beautiful intimacy with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
It can lead there if we are willing to show up every day, sometimes in the wee hours of the morning, and keep on praying.
I don’t know the story of the family that prays every morning at 21 Days of Prayer, but I do know that no matter what is happening in their lives, they pray. They are persistent in seeking God’s face. Even in the spaces. What a legacy they are passing to their son!
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart… Luke 18:1
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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.
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