Thursday, December 13, 2007

Faithful Prayer

Yesterday I spoke with a lady who recently lost her beautiful daughter in a tragic accident. I listened as she talked about how her greatest fear is that people will cease to pray for her family. She compared it to the account of Moses and the Israelites as they encountered the Amalekites in Exodus 17. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning. When he grew tired, Aaron and Hur held up his arms until the Israelites were finally victorious. This dear woman considers the prayers of friends, acquaintances, and even strangers to be Aaron and Hur, holding up her dear family in this difficult time.

It is regrettably true that we often stop praying. There are many possible reasons for this tendency, but the most common one may simply be laziness. We grow tired of things so easily, and we lack the determination that is required to see things to completion. My daughter shared with me a phrase that she and a friend have adopted: "Stick it out!" When they get tired, discouraged, or frustrated, they encourage one another this way. Don't we need to just "stick it out" in our prayers as well? Scripture instructs us to do just that.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

God, on the other hand, is well aware of our weaknesses. We can all be encouraged that His faithfulness is never in question.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

Those arms never tire. Their strength is unmatched. We can depend on them.

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