Answered prayers, a galaxy far, far away

(Heads up. This is a long post.)

Prayer is not a way of making use of God prayer in a way of offering ourselves to God in order that He should be able to make use of us. It may be that one of our great faults in prayer is that we talk too much and listen too little. When prayer is at its highest we wait in silence for God’s voice to us. We linger in His presence for His peace and His power to flow over us and around us. We lean back in His everlasting arms and feel the serenity of perfect security in Him. William Barclay

I hope this post lands on ears that need encouragement. That would be those of you that are tired of praying, and tired of hoping.

We know what the Bible says about doing good; we’re never supposed to get tired of it. Right? But we do.

I want to tell you a story. If you read my posts from the last two weeks, you know that we have a young house guest who is struggling with depression. Medication has been prescribed and it is making a difference.

We have prayed for her and her family for yearsLet me repeat, for years. 

long time praying
long time praying

I’ve been so discouraged I haven’t even wanted to pray some days. It was starting to feel hopeless.

I’ve chastised myself, convinced that there was something wrong with me which was why my prayers weren’t answered. (I’m sure there were some things getting in the way, areas that needed some fine-tuning. To quote the much quoted jargon “Life is a journey, not a destination.”)

Anyway, moving on with my story………………………………………………………………….. Continue reading “Answered prayers, a galaxy far, far away”