What is it that you have given up praying for?

I want you to think about that and identify something. I can start. This is a heart check for me, but I’ll be honest with you. It’s praying for lost family members.

It’s not that I don’t believe God can save them. It’s not even that I’ve consciously given up, but my prayer life says otherwise. If I truly believe God can do it, why aren’t I praying for them daily?

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Eternity is at stake. Lord, wake me up to the brevity of life!

Now, maybe eternity is not at stake for the thing you’ve given up praying for. But for whatever reason, you’ve given up on that miracle happening. If you’re like me, maybe it’s because you’re thinking, it’s just not going to happen. Maybe you know God could do it, but it’s been 20 years and He hasn’t done it, so I guess it’s over (I promise you, I’m a believer! Lord, help me in my unbelief).

I’m nothing if I’m not honest with you. And just maybe, you can relate. Through my unbelief I’ve learned to not give up praying for the miracle. I’ve heard many stories of God delivering that miracle after decades of faithful prayer. You and I, we’re not God. Humanly, we can’t understand all of His ways, His timetable.

Our responsibility as Christians is to trust, to believe, to pray. The Bible says to pray about everything, that means even the seemingly impossible (Phil 4:6-7)! It also says that God always hears as we ask according to His will (1 John 5:14).

God may still choose not to answer your prayer for a miracle on this side of Heaven. But it is the journey of prayer itself that is the game changer. It is the daily walk with God, the trusting in the unknown. It’s those moments of deep struggle, where we plead with our Father for that miracle, that shape and mold our hearts.

I’ve learned that God is doing far more in me, and teaching me more than I know, in those seasons of earnest prayer.

I look back on times where I was praying for something that looked impossible, and I cherish those times I had with the Father. Though those were often difficult moments as I was in the waiting, as I poured my heart out to Christ I could sense His nearness. I could sense Him holding my heart.

If God answered all of my prayers the first time, I wouldn’t have those moments with Him. If I gave up on praying for miracles, I wouldn’t have those moments with Him. How much closer could I be to God right now, if I had only committed more time to praying for the miracles?

My friend, do not give up (Galatians 6:9). Whether it’s for salvation, healing, reconciliation, provision, you name it. Let me encourage you today, don’t give up praying for that miracle.

So Father right now, I pray for you to do what only You can do. Please bring salvation to my lost family members. Open their hearts to You Jesus. And you know the miracle that my friend reading this right now is waiting on. Lord, I pray for You to deliver on their miracle too. No matter what You choose to do, we commit to walking with You, praying, and trusting You through all of this. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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