Pause, Pray

End of the day,

but not the list,

Burnt meal narrowly missed,

Pause to pray

 

Piles of laundry,

dishes to do,

A dear little girl sporting a boo-boo,

Pause to pray.

 

Thunderstorms,

Electricity out,

Repair truck on the long route,

Pause to pray.

 

Drop dead tired,

the house to clean,

Confronted by a girl who is mean,

Pause to pray.

 

Angry at life,

frustrated and sad,

refusing to find a reason to be glad

Pause to pray.

 

Crunchy, brown earth

dry as a bone,

the drought and fire endangering homes.

Pause to pray.

 

A dad out of work

who doesn’t know what to do;

how much he is loved, he hasn’t a clue

Pause to pray.

 

A soul longing for God

But certainly can’t see

just how much He loves humanity.

Pause to pray.

 

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasion with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 NIV

 

“Pray continually.” I Thessalonians 5:17

 

 

 

P.U.S.H. Part I

Never stop praying.” I Thessalonians 5:17 NLT

P.U.S.H.

Pray Until Something Happens.

I first read the above acronym and definition in a favorite novel. Delightfully, it was the character of a small child reminding an adult of the need to pray without ceasing. Paul reminded the Thessalonians of the need to “never stop praying.”

But just how often do we humans obey this exhortation?

Do we often allow ourselves to become bitter because prayers are not answered how and when we think is best?

What about those hours, even years of our lives consumed by lifting the same prayer request heavenward? The child who has lived with a serious disease his whole life. The soul who has hardened his heart and refuses God’s grace and salvation.  When life’s circumstances NEVER seem to change no matter how many prayers are sent up.

Frustration is understandable when we do not see any change, or any progress.

Yet, how generous our heavenly Father is to not get frustrated with us. He sees the whole picture.  We see only a fragment. (And sometimes only a fragmented fragment at that.)

How should we approach God with the same prayer, day after day, year after year?

With joy.

I Thessalonians 5:16 says we are to ‘always be joyful.’  Not joyful just while enjoying blessing, or joyful when life is fantastic.

“Always be joyful,” period.

With a joyful heart, pray.  Joyous because I know God and He knows me.  Joyful because He is good and only wants the very best for me.

Yes, we can always be joyful when our attention is on our eternal destination and not simply focused on today’s journey.

Yes, we can be joyful, and, with God’s help, be joyful in every circumstance.  And with the correct focus, we can joyfully Pray Until Something Happens.

Reflections:

What prayers have I abandoned, having prayed them too long with seemingly no avail?

Read Matthew 7:7: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

He promises us an answer!  It just may not be revealed in our timing.

How can I renew my stamina to pray until something happens?

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your promise to never leave me, nor forsake me.  Thank You that You hear my prayers, and You want only the very best for me.  Please teach me how to patiently wait on and trust in You.  Thank You that You are indeed good. Amen.

 

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