As I have listened to John Eldredge’s CD series on “The Hope of Prayer”, I have found little practical gems about prayer that have strengthened my resolve to pray. One of these gems came when John described how Jesus raising Lazarus in Luke 18. Jesus looked to heaven and prayed to the Father to orient himself before looking into the dead man’s tomb and commanding him to come out. Jesus gained confidence by looking to the Father instead of focusing on the tomb. In the same way, we can gain confidence when we are praying for something big by looking to Jesus rather than the circumstances.
This is really helpful, because prayer takes persistence. Shot gun prayers to heaven in a crisis do not yield much fruit, but if we refocus on the Father daily and continue to pray we will see results. As Luke says before the parable of the persistent widow, “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1
I really began interceding for my daughter about this time last year (See “praying momma”). As I began praying for her I felt the Lord tell me that this was going to unfold slowly. So daily I prayed and daily she improved. By the end of the year her progress was the talk of the school! This fall she wrote a paper about learning to read and she read it to her fifth grade class as her personal testimony.
Now I have gotten bolder in my prayers for my son as well. (See “a practical faith”) Ever since we returned from Rwanda his progress has been remarkable. Still, when we have days that feel like setbacks, I refocus my gaze and continue asking for complete wholeness.
John also pointed out that there is a lag time in prayer, so we should begin early. So many things could be going on, and God is working all thing together for our good. (Romans 8:28) And while all things are possible with God, not all things are easy. So keep at it; always pray and never give up. God is transforming your character and working miracles simultaneously.