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Series: Prayer Worrier - Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer
I wish we wouldhave ended the last chapter with total and complete victory over our worry;that we could end the book here with closed windows and free hearts. I dobelieve wholeheartedly that God can and has delivered people from every type ofstronghold, and that He can deliver us in an instant. However, I realize forsome of us it's going to be a process. It is goingto take time.
The subtitle ofthis book: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, makes us think of prayersthat are influential, compelling, or convincing. And boy, us worry girls reallywant to convince God to answer in our favor, don't we?
But what ifpowerful prayer was really the humblest form of prayer?
I am reminded ofJob, in the Bible, and his unimaginable pain in the face of losing nearlyeverything he had, including his children. My heart skips a beat even as I typebecause the thought of that kind of grief overwhelms me. But Job turned thatdevastating time into humble prayer and worship.
''…another messenger came and said, 'Your sons and daughters were feastingand drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, when suddenly a mighty windswept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsedon them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!' At this, Job…fell to the ground in worship andsaid: 'NakedI came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lordhas taken away; may the Name of the Lord be praised.' '' (Job 1:18-21)
Nothing could haveprepared Job for that terrible day. He hadn'trehearsed how he would react. But because of his faithful, daily practice, ofhumbling himself before God, I believe he was able to withstand the horriblenews with absolute trust in the Almighty.
Dear ones, wecannot know the future. Uncertainty is part of life. And I know just readingthis brings on the fretful pitter-patter of our hearts. We WANT to know thateverything is going to be alright. We want that happily-ever-after. And asChristians we know that eternity with the Lord is our happy ending. Heaven isour hope. But if we are honest with ourselves, sometimes the hope of heaven isnot enough to calm our anxiousness now. Does that sound awful? I surehope not. I simply want to shed light on the fact that sometimes worrydiminishes our hope, preventing us from being able to rest in the glory thatawaits us.
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