1.2.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 47. Maybe.

DEVOTION: “Our struggle is, isn’t it, to achieve and retain faith on a lower level. To believe that whether He can grant them or not, God will listen to our prayers, will take them into account. Even to go on believing that this is a Listener at all. For as the situation grows more and more desperate, the gristly fears intrude. Are we only talking to ourselves in an empty universe? The silence is often so emphatic. And we have prayed so much already.” (Pg 130)

I can hear the pain in his words. I can feel the pain. It hurts doesn’t it, when prayer doesn’t seem to work. When it feels like no one is listening. When we keep praying and praying and praying and yet…..

Silence.

Yet….faith. We keep going. The inkling of hope splinters through the darkness. That there’s even someone who is listening…maybe listening…maybe can take action and actually make something happen….maybe.

Maybe…

Just maybe…

Faith. Hope. Light in the dark.

All I can offer is this. We need to keep believing. Keep pushing through the dark. Through the fog. Through the doubt and unbelief. Because…our God is with us, for us and continues to walk in and around us and through us.

It is our call to believe in the midst of unbelief. To walk through the dark and search for the light that will guide us on our way.

Today…maybe….

Today…believe…

Today….light…

Today…hope shines through it all.

4 Comments

  1. Jonathan B on January 2, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Hope, the ultimate theme along with Faith. God will provide if we have faith. God will prevail if we have Hope. God will put people in our path if we love. It all works if we are a teammate with God. Amen

  2. Margaret K on January 2, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Now faith s the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1 KJV)
    No hope – no faith.
    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Heb 11:1 NIV)

    Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Heb 11:8 NIV)

    Hope, faith, believing – they are all connected.
    The world says “Seeing is believing”; the Word of God says, “Believing is seeing”. (my paraphrase)

    It is when we pray and have not yet seen the answer manifest, that we prove what we truly believe. Do we believe the Word is true? Will we trust God? Can we tap into the Prince of Peace Who is with us and in us, to stay in peace in the middle of the storm that rages in our minds as we wait for the answer to come? Will we stop thinking about what happened to so-and-so, or how we failed in the past; and just trust God?

    It’s hard, believe me, I know. I’ve been there many times, and will be there again. That’s when we have to remember when He has come through before, when we have seen the victory.

    We have to remember God doesn’t lie and that His Word is true. We have to remember what God has said to us, both is His Word, and also to us personally.
    1 Timothy 1:18 NIV says, “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well.”

    I have done this. I the midst of waiting for answers to manifest, while all the fears, doubts, and what-if’s were raging in my mind, I have stood up and loudly and boldly declared what God has said to me; personally and in His Word; and the “Peace that transcends all understanding” (Phil 4:7 NIV) comes.

    Dave sometimes sings the song “Even If” by Mercy Me. Bart wrote that song about his teenage son, who has a condition that requires him to take 2 shots every time he eats something. Bart says, “Since he was 2 years old, every time something goes into his mouth, 2 shots go into his arm or his leg.”
    After one of his son’s check-ups, Bart was very down and discouraged after years and years of praying about it without seeing the answer manifest. How could he go onstage and tell people that it’s all going to be alright, when he wasn’t seeing it himself?
    He reminds himself that God is faithful and good, and that God is able. He comes to the place where he can say “It is well with my soul”.

    That is the place of peace within the storm. That is the place we need to get to and stay in during the trials and storms -standing on God’s Word and His faithfulness, believing for the answers to come (and come quickly), but staying in God’s peace while we wait.

    Stand on the Promises of Psalm 91 – read it every day, several times a day, if needed.

  3. Margaret K on January 2, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Psalm 91 NLT:
    Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
    For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
    He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
    Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
    Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
    Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
    Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
    If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
    no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.
    For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
    They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
    You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
    The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
    When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
    I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

  4. Carol B on January 3, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Love all this Margaret. one of my favorite go to for me is from Psalm 91 a take away that The will of GOd will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you
    Love Psalm 91 too. Isaiah 58:11 goes well too with this. The Lord will guide you sontinually and satisfy your soul in drought. And strengthen your bones. You shall be like a watered garden (which brings to mind Dave asking if we water gardens this way… not much) And like a spring, whose waters never fail.
    Guess I need to water that garden more.

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