"Pray Until God Changes Things" - Sunday, May 19, 2019 - by Dianne Prince
Psalm 116:2 Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
People everywhere are overwhelmed by the issues of life. They are besieged by dead-end, monotonous relationships. They are snowed under by the choices of their adolescent, disobedient children. They are weighed down by the challenges of being mis-understood by peers, managers, and church members. And, they are plagued by the unexpected path many of their loved ones have chosen to take in life.
The Psalmist in our scripture today is in a tight place. He is in a state of despondency. He does not see a way out of his desolate condition. He is at the place where he is tempted to give up on prayer. I know he is about to give up because he says to the Lord, “The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.” (Psalm 116:3). However, in verse 4, his outlook shifts, and he declares, “Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘Lord, save me!’”
The Psalmist had been praying, but he had not seen any results from his prayers. He had been hopeful, but had not seen any signs that his situation would get any better—it may have been weeks, months, or even years. But, as he contemplated giving up, he thought about God and the mysteries of His actions. As the Psalmist thought about God and the anonymity of His ways, the Psalmist decided, “Nevertheless, I will continue to pray. I am sold out on prayer. I will stand firm on prayer. In the morning, you will find me send up prayers to God.”
The beauty of prayer is, it works from anywhere, at any time, and it will work for anyone who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Prayer works for anyone who believes that Jesus’ blood was shed so we could freely and boldly come to God for help in our time of overwhelming need.
When you dedicate yourself to a life of prayer, Satan’s legions of imps are dispatched to usurp every prayer that is sent up to heaven. Satan’s job is to stay busy in the lives of God’s children. When He can not shake you, He unleashes his army to attack those closest to you—those who are not as spiritually seasoned as you. You witness his presence and his actions everyday as he attacks your spouse, your children, your grand children, your finances, your health, your mind, and your closest friends.
Nevertheless, declare and decree today that you will not give up. You will not let up. You will not retreat. You will not stop. You will not quit. You will not surrender. You will not relinquish control. You will not resign. But, declare and decree that you will pray until the answer comes. You will pray until something happens because every time you send up a prayer, it weakens the enemy’s grip on your life. Regular prayers, habitual prayers, private prayers, public prayers, corporate prayers, united prayers, personal prayers—all kinds of prayers—keep the devil under control.
Things not working out in your favor today? Pray until something happens.
Unexpected news threw you for a loop? Pray until something happens.
People acting like they do not know Jesus? Pray until something happens.
Don't know how you are going to get through the next hour? Pray until something happens.
Whatever hand life has dealt you today, pray until something happens.
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