When it seems all the prayers have been prayed
We pray them again
When words begin to taste stale upon lips, we ask for fresh seasoning and speak them again
When our spirit is willing but flesh sleepy and weak, we reach for the Scriptures reminding us our battle is against powers of darkness and our flesh needs to submit, get over it and pray on
When things appear to worsen- death tolls rise, protests grow, terror spreads not recedes; When discouragement whispers our prayers are like fruitless trees, we dig in our knees harder and refuse to give up
When it seems all the prayers have been prayed,
we rise up,
we link arms,
and we pray them again“I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain. As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice. He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.” Daniel 9:20-23
God, protect the innocent, bring forth your justice- not man’s revenge- upon the wicked,
Calm the skies, the seas and the hearts of the persecuted and afraid
Unite us Lord, nation with nation sharing compassion and love for one another, drive out hate from our streets and squares,
In all ways make your Name and power known throughout all Creation, we pray today, tomorrow and forevermore,
Susie - I am absolutely drinking in your posts…so profoundly transparent and richly deep in spiritual wisdom. Thank you…thank you…thank you…for this wonderful haven of faith.
sarahrichmond - So kind and encouraging – thank you for reading!
Susan Bowman Cantrell - What Bible translation did you use for Daniel…I really found it a wonderful passage…Loved this post…We all need to pray and then pray some more…We are just a breath away from His presence.
sarahrichmond - I believe that was the New Living Translation. I felt like it explained the heart of Gabriel’s message a bit easier to understand without having to explain the Hebrew meanings of the words. Basically, wanting to communicate that Daniel’s prayer was heard from the first he had prayed – he wasn’t being ignored.
Pete Ekle - Thanks for sharing this piece of your prayer life with us. I am currently very far from home and all I can do is pray. It seems so futile sometimes because I want to be there and do it myself. I want to rescue, fix, encourage, hug, supervise and the like. But I keep hearing the Holy Spirit say that God has always done that for my family. This was a timely reminder that our prayers are not in vain.