“Quiet your heart in his presence and pray; keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you.” Psalm 37:7 TPT
Have any of you prayed for something for what seems to be far too long? Are you like me, and after a while your prayers tend to lose their earnestness or they stop completely? This was the spot I once found myself in.
One night, I was just being honest with God as I was praying. I said to God, “Just listen; it hurts to keep praying this prayer, not ever knowing if you will answer me.” It seemed like I had prayed these prayers for so long and nothing happened. So that night, I was just having a conversation with God getting all of my feelings out. You can go to God with your disappointments and discouragements; He is a safe place!
What got me to the place I was in? I was discouraged, and that was when the negative thoughts began filling my mind. Things like, “Why do I keep praying for this?”, “It’s never going to happen,” and “Why would it happen to me? I don’t deserve it.” Even though some of these thoughts might feel true to me, they aren’t true to my Heavenly Father.
God reminded me of a few things in that moment. He never ceases to amaze me. These were things that I to be needed reminded of.
God is the God of hope.
“Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!” Romans 15:13 TPT
God cares about me.
“With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me. This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength.” Psalm 139:5-6 -TPT
We should pray without ceasing.
“Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 TPT
God has forgiven me.
Any wrongs I have done in the past have been forgiven. They have been thrown into the sea of forgetfulness, so there are no wrongs being held against me.
“You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19 NIV
Friends, God might not answer some of our prayers in the way we want or in our time frame. Don’t allow discouragement to get you to a place of hopelessness. We need to keep our hope alive! God has a perfect plan for us, and we need to focus on what God is doing in our lives. We need to choose to keep our eyes and thoughts fixed on Him. Why? Because God is our God of hope. God cares for us. We can pray without ceasing, and God has forgiven us!
Author | Abby Hubbard
Abby Hubbard has served as the leader of GLOW Women’s Ministry at Mansfield First Assembly since 2012. She is married to Jason and the mother of two children, Bryce & Sarah. You can connect with Abby at http://stillfindingpeace.blogspot.com.