It was over a year ago since my journey began. Do you know about my story? And as much as I'd like to say I'm completely freed from my fear, I have no such news to share. The reality is sobering. It will take many more prayers and attempts to experience complete freedom once and for all. But here's my hope: God is delivering me.
Every time I battle my fear, he's there. He steadies my hands, takes hold of my thoughts, and surrounds me with his indescribable peace. I celebrate one small victory each time. I pray, “Restore my mind, God. Help me to see things as I did before.” Countless prayers are prayed,and I wait.
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”
Luke 18:1, NIV
He knows our weariness well. Are you weary of praying? Don't give up. And if you're like me at times—praying with words void of steadfast belief—he responds,
“Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
Colossians 4:2, NIV
You can't be watchful when your heart is full of disbelief. Believe in God's omnipotence. Believe in his good sovereignty.
And finally, pray with a repentant heart.
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened”
Psalm 66:18, NIV
Maybe you can't relate to my bondage of fear today. Perhaps your countless prayers are offered in hopes for someone or something else. Wherever you find yourself today, may the truth of God's Word lead you in your journey. Join the study this week as we learn more about prayer. Please click here to download the reading guide. Let's begin by reading a verse from Monday's passage:
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14, NIV
As you read this verse, consider the following:
In regards to prayer, what is the one condition stated in this verse?
How will the truth of this verse change the way you pray?
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