Continue to live each day by following the direction of Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
What if the request is not answered within the time we have set? The text below — and so many more text and phrases pointing to the importance of prayer — ring true. “Talking with God as you would talk with a friend.” “Coming boldly before the throne of God.” “Pray without ceasing.” “Prayer is the key in the hand of faith that unlocks Heaven’s storehouse.”
I have and continue to try to work through the thoughts about prayer when a father takes his last breath as a result of cancer; when a mother’s cancer returns and she falls asleep in Christ four months later; when a brother-in-law who was really like a third brother closes his eyes and is laid to rest, leaving a vacuum that has yet to be filled. Many reading these words are working through their own thoughts because of loss during COVID-19, loss of job, feelings of loneliness and isolation, along with so many other issues of life. All these even after prayer is offered.
To keep moving forward, trusting, accepting, allowing and holding have been found to be of benefit.
While the above ideas may not remove all of the questions and thoughts that arise when the issues of life need to be dealt with, it is in embracing the day-to-day process of living life which is important. Therefore, pray about everything, worry about nothing, and praise God for all things. Continue to live each day by following the direction of Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
A simple prayer may go something like this: “Lord, I thank You that You are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. I want to trust in Your ability and not my own. Teach me to see difficulties in my life from Your perspective. I want to be like Joshua and Caleb who believed in a good report and focused on You even in hard circumstances (Numbers 14:7-9). My responsibility is to carefully read, trust and obey Your Word. Help me not to fear but to trust You in every situation. You are mighty, powerful, righteous and true. In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen.”
Leon J. Bryant Sr., LRC pastor/Adult Ministry leader