“For Abraham, hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of any nations, as he had been promised, So numberless shall your descendants be."
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Are you praying and worrying at the same time?
When God promised Abraham and his wife, Sarah, a child, they were both very old and long past their childbearing years. They had a rather impossible situation. Romans 4:19 says Abraham did not weaken in faith even when he looked at himself and saw it was impossible. Both his body and Sarah's womb were as good as dead. yet verse 20 says, "No unbelief or distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God." Abraham waited twenty long years for God to fulfill His promise, and he never gave up!
This story about Abraham touches home. It is a touching example because it amazed me that he had such a huge task - really an impossible situation - and yet he stayed beyond the problem-filled task as he hung on to the promise of God. That's what we have to do.
In whatever situation you are in right now in your life - whether it is something with your kids, or your marriage, or your finances, or you think you're never going to recover from you past, or your fighting with an addiction, or sin that keeps trying to cling to you - know that God is greater than any problem you have. Don't worry, because when you pray and then you worry, the worry nullifies your prayer. Prayer is something yo do INSTEAD of worry. It's not something you do WITH worry. Worry says we don't really think God is going to come through, so we are going to have a backup plan in case He doesn't. Prayer says we trust God to Work it out.
We don't need to know what God is going to do or when He is going to do it: we just need to know that He is with us. God is working in your life right now in ways you don't see, don't feel, and don't understand. Just because what is going on in your life right now doesn't feel good doesn't mean God is not working. He is!
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "not worry when I pray"
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, teach me to pray and not worry. Remind me that you will take care of it all."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.