Have you ever…
Prayed for something with such desperation, dedication and deliberate focus?
Felt so anxious about a matter that not even sleep was an escape?
Found yourself wishing and hoping that your prayers were heard? Just confirm, Lord, that you at least heard me.
Had to fight back fear even after you prayed?
Hesitated to pray again about something because you didn’t want God to think you didn’t have faith? As if He doesn’t know our thoughts.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
That’s when you decide to go on that 3-day, 7-day, 30-day fast, hoping to penetrate the heart of heaven for a breakthrough. Your devotion time with the Lord is regular, almost regimented. You’re nicer to people. Wouldn’t want those bruised knees from countless hours of praying to be for nothing. Your favorite radio station can’t even distract you; in fact, it annoys you. You need God to walk in your room and fix things.
Now, can you remember the time your prayer was answered? Your child did get better. You did not lose your job. You did pass that class. The adoption did go through. She did forgive you? You did find that piece of jewelry. The contract did go through. You were not pregnant…
Yes, remember how you praised Him? Remember how you celebrated? Remember how you reaffirmed your commitment to honor the promise you made? Or better yet, do you remember how you were able to finally sleep, eat? Remember how you exclaimed with great joy, “God Answers Prayers!”
And then time passes and you’re back in the same boat, with a broken rudder. The cancer returned. Your wife left. The business failed. Your kid is strung out again.
What happened, God?
I believe Jesus wants us to PRAY AGAIN.
Mark 8:23 And He caught the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands upon him, He asked him, Do you [possibly] see anything?
24 And he looked up and said, I see people, but [they look] like trees, walking.
25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again; and the man looked intently [that is, fixed his eyes on definite objects], and he was restored and saw everything distinctly [even what was [at a distance].
26 And He sent him away to his house, telling [him], Do not [even] enter the village or tell anyone there.
In this passage of scripture, we see Jesus having to do a Take 2. Do I think that the Creator of the universe, the One who conceived the idea of sight, who formed the body to include the eyes was unable to restore this man’s sight on the first time? Absolutely not.
So why the do-over?
That we may remember to never stop praying. Because we live in a fallen world, we may have to pray about a matter more than once. Because praying without ceasing does not necessarily mean little faith. Because He doesn’t just want us to see, but He wants us to see everything clearly.
What do you need to see clearly?
My family has to – pray again. A shadow of this fallen world has revisited a loved one and she is contemplating what will be the “right” medical treatment. Its’ been five+ years, and here we are again. As a family of believers, we are slow to give it a name and we are certainly not allowing her to claim its as hers. You know how we talk- “My allergies…” “My cancer…” My diabetes…” We’re not denying the facts. But the facts are not the truth.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the TRUTH and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 NIV
We are choosing to apply the truth to the facts. But silently- individually- we’re all asking, “What happened God? Why?”
In my quiet time, I felt the gentle nudge of Holy Spirit to simply PRAY AGAIN. He does hear us. He does answer our prayers. He does save. Jesus still heals. Miracles did not die off with the last disciple. So the word for you today is to simply pray again. Whatever you are believing God for, pray again. For the issue that seems hopeless, pray again. To establish peace in your home and heart, pray again. That Jesus may restore their sight- open their eyes to see the Father, to see you… pray again. Pray again.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24 NIV
Pray again. And then remember. Remember how He did it before, and know that He wants to do it again — for you. Because He LOVES you. Remembering will “help your unbelief” (Mark 9:24), and it will be yours.
YOUR TURN! What was the last prayer, big or small, Jesus answered for you?
SCRIPTURES REFERENCED ABOVE
MARK 9:24 NIV, Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
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