Invitation to Prayer (remember the Lord delights to be with you)
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.”Psalm 103:11
Praying with Jesus:
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”Luke 18:1-8
We don’t like to wait for what we want. We are impatient about most things in life. Our fast-paced on-demand entertainment, our lightning fast communication ability, our plethora of fast food and fast casual options train us that what we want should be available for us –now!
So when we pray we expect instant results. And sometimes God gives us answers right away – sometimes He gives us answers before we even ask! Time is not an issue for God. It is we who need to learn patience and persistence in prayer. If what you have been asking of God during Lent still seems distant, I want to urge you, don’t give up praying. Unless God answers you “no” that your request is not wise, then don’t give up.
We are praying for God to do a new work here at Little Britain, this needs to be an ongoing persistent prayer of our hearts. It is not unusual for delayed answers to be because God is still preparing us or others for the work He is about to do.
“If the Lord has pushed the pause button on your prayers, don’t give up. If He has delayed His answer, don’t stop trusting. All that means is He is driving you to a point of spiritual depth and experience with Him that goes beyond the norm.” (Tony Evans; Kingdom Prayer: Touching Heaven to Change Earth Page 85)
- Delight in God’s goodness
- Intercede for your family, friends, and church community to continue to grow in the grace of Jesus.
- Ask for opportunities to encourage someone who has stopped coming to church to come back into the community of faith.
- If your requests aren’t answered, ask God why?
Praying with you,