very prayer prayed reaches the ears of the Master. And no prayer is ever prayed in vain. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Is. 41:10 NIV). We are never defeated with God on our side!
In a time when we know not what the day will hold — snow fall in the spring; volcanoes, silent for centuries, now erupting; moral, mental and rational behavior declining; all while dealing directly with a rampaging COVID-19 virus and its variants. We would have never, ever, dreamed of encountering any of this in our lifetime. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me (Ps. 23:4 KJV). We are not defeated!
We must remember, this path we walk is NOT by chance. God, in His wisdom, placed us here, specifically, at this time in history. My path is not yours, nor yours mine. Our family, friends, co-workers, etc., all have been placed here according to His plan. We each have lessons to learn, and issues only He can resolve. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11 NIV). We are not defeated!
“There is no comforter like Christ, so tender and so true. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always there, . . . He is always at our right hand to speak soothing, gentle words; to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.” This text is from the book, Ye Shall Receive Power, by Ellen G. White.
So where do we go from here? The only way we’ll ever stand is on bended knee with lifted hand! Prayer is the answer. Remember, those that kneel before God, can stand before anyone! God really is our Rock, our Salvation, our only Hope. We are not defeated!
I am reminded of two families I knew while growing up. They were joyous, happy and lived their lives in His strength. They shared a heart for the Lord. Of course, they had life problems. All who live on Earth do, but it was a real joy being around them. You probably know dear souls like these. People with a genuine zeal for life and, no matter what, they sincerely show His love to others. Praise God for them!
Every prayer prayed reaches the ears of the Master. And no prayer is ever prayed in vain. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Is. 41:10 NIV). We are never defeated with God on our side!
Let’s continue praying for each other, as He maintains and sustains us, all the way to Glory!
Paulette Taylor is the Prayer coordinator for Indiana Conference.