Romans 12:12 - Perseverance in Prayer.

Romans 12:12 (NIV) Be joyful in hope, 
patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 

Romans 12:12 (NLT) Rejoice in our confident 
hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 


   As a pastor, I speak with many people 
about their spiritual journey. From these 
interactions, I know that most individuals are not 
satisfied with their prayer life. They lack 
anticipation and faith, and time with God feels empty. 
Most likely, this is why many Christians pray so 
little and so passionlessly. 
   Yesterday, we began looking at obstacles 
to a healthy prayer life. Lets explore one 
more hindrance that blocks vibrant communication 
between God and us: impatience. 
   Most of us have at some point brought our 
supplication to Jesus vigorously but did not see the 
desired results. Unfortunately, humans are, by 
nature, fainthearted. We get weary of asking and 
listening when all we perceive is silence. Remember, 
though, that God is not some cosmic bellhop; 
He does not act on our cue. In fact, if we 
could see the big picture as He can, we would 
gladly wait for His way and time. 
   Actually, I believe that we benefit by 
not receiving all that we request. Understanding 
this concept is a sign of spiritual maturity. 
When we are thoroughly satisfied with the 
Lords presence, our relationship with Him will 
flourish, even when we dont get all we ask. When 
that is the case, we grasp what prayer is - not a 
long want list, but a relationship. 
   Barriers can develop if we persistently 
cry out to God but nothing changes. Continue to 
pray. Beyond this wall, youll sense 
Gods presence, where you will find peace, joy, 
and awesome glimpses of His glory. This will be 
completely satisfying, even if He never gives you 
exactly what you requested. [In Touch Daily 
Devotional by Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


   One of the greatest blessings I had when 
my kids were teenagers was visiting with them 
at the end of the day. If they'd had a 
difficult day, I was able to comfort them and be there 
for them. If they'd had a great day, I was able 
to share in their delight. I greatly enjoyed 
our conversations because they were my kids and 
I loved them deeply.  
   I remember one of those times in 
particular. My son was on the water polo team, and they 
had traveled to an away game, where they 
suffered a painful loss, down by just one goal. I had 
not been able to attend, but he took me through 
it play by play, describing how frustrating it 
was to lose a game his team should have easily 
won. As I hugged my son good night, it struck me 
how blessed I was to have shared that moment 
with him. 
   In the same way, our heavenly Father 
desires to hear about our day, both the good and the 
bad. He never tires of our conversations with 
him, and he doesn't mind if we go over every 
detail of the day. He always has time for us. In 
fact, he tells us to pray continually. He is 
always listening. Let's make a habit of sharing the 
events of our day with him. 
   Father, I am always surprised to realize 
how much you love me. I will never be worthy of 
your loving attention, but l will forever be 
thankful. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery 
Daily Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 





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2nd of 28: Pictures of the Divine: 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred