No Fingertip Prayers

With life moving at the speed of Twitter, finding quality time for prayer is always a challenge.  We sputter prayers as we dash out to work; we offer up fragments swerving through traffic; we whisper guilty petitions as we drift off to sleep.  But, when trials hit with full strength, we cannot merely touch the burden with our fingertips and expect a breakthrough. It will take nothing less than fervent prayer and persistence, especially if the need is very great. 

Going Deep
This may mean losing sleep and pouring our heart out to God during the watches of the night; it may require schedule changes for more consistent quality time with Him; it may include fasting to bring greater focus and power; it may require others to come alongside to pray and help carry the load.

God Is Always Working
While you are waiting, and before the breakthrough, God will be most assuredly be working behind the scenes on your behalf.  Earnest prayer never goes unanswered. Sometimes the victory comes by morning or within days.  But do not be dismayed if
the bigger, deeper issues stretch your natural limits and require more than just days
or weeks of faithful prayer, but rather months– or even years.

Mercies from Heaven
How big is your need?  How desperate is your request?  Then, prepare to do the spiritual work and enter in to his presence with passion and persistence.  What is it you lack for the journey?  Greater faith, endurance, strength, patience?  Ask for these, for He will expand your soul and generously provide.  Trust, knowing that he is a God of infinite mercy and kindness, who loves you, died for you, and is willing to pour down mercies from Heaven to meet your every need.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  (Jeremiah 29:13)“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  (Matthew 7:7)

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  1. Let me thank you Marion for teaching me the great value of prayer
    and being there with me through many trails. I love your posts and
    your writing.

    • How precious are friends in God’s sight! “If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But, pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:10) Thanks for always being there, Janet!
      Love and blessings, M.

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