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?


MARK 9:24 NIV,  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

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2 thoughts on “PRAY AGAIN

  1. I tend to maintain a prayer list…something like a “grocery size list of petitions” that I keep bringing back to the Father’s attention. I used to wander if He considered it a “lack of my faith that I kept bringing certain issues and heart concerns” back to the altar, as I waited to see a manifestation of His hearing me – and thus providing an answer.

    I now believe that He is not so much discouraged by the possibility of our not having faith (that He sufficiently heard us the first time we called). But, I think He would probably appreciate our adding another component to our requests…the “thanksgiving component” – that He has not only heard us, but we also know He will answer us…in His time.

    It is the waiting in time that sometimes clouds the possible response for me. Has He answered by expressing a discreet “No” that I missed? Or has He answered by saying “WAIT” – but He just did not express it audibly to me? Thus, did I miss His response? I seem to know when He has said “Yes,” or at least I thought it was “His Yes” and not my own.

    I can remember 7 years ago fervently petitioning the Father to open a door for employment for me in another school district. I waited a very long time to receive a response from the district. During that time, the Lord revealed to me in a dream an older woman coming to offer me a position. After 30 days or so, an older woman did indeed call to extend an offer. With much gratitude I accepted the position. I believed that the Lord had said “Yes” to my string of fervent prayers.

    Exactly one year later, I found myself looking for another position. For, the school district, which had offered me a position, was in the throes of a budget crisis – the wealthiest school district in VA. How could this be I asked? For surely God had said “Yes” to my prayers? How could I now find myself searching for another job…and realizing for the first time in my career the importance of having a job which offered medical benefits? was perplexed…

    Though perplexed, I began to PRAY AGAIN…over and over again…most of the time in faith, but some of the time in fear. At the end of this test/trial of perhaps 6 MONTHS, God answered my specific prayer… again…HE SAID “YES,” again…I have come to know that I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He is a faithful God…even when it appears that we are walking through the fire…or living in another cycle of uncertainty, or standing in another stage of waiting…We can trust Him!!!


  2. Yes, I agree prayer will not only change/help the situation it also have the power to change/help you wait on God knowing that He will answer and it will work out for your good. Pray again and stand on Mark 11:24.


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