The mystery of Prayer

35 While He was still speaking, they *came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” 36 But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, *said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” 37 And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They *came to the house of the synagogue official; and He *saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. 39 And entering in, He *said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” 40 They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He *took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and *entered the room where the child was. 41 Taking the child by the hand, He *said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded. 43 And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said that something should be given her to eat.

For the full story, please read Mark 5:21-43.  This is the story of a child presumed dead.  Now I am going to take you on a slightly different journey with this story.  It is so hard to keep praying for those we love who do not know Jesus yet.  It seems we pray so long and so hard.  Sometimes we lose hope, we stop praying.  This happened to me, and I will never forget that while I was at Bible Study one morning, God whispered to me; “Don’t give up on her/him!”  It was as clear as a bell, not audible, but clear.  Has anybody else out there ever struggled like this, with praying for lost loved ones, as I have?  I have often shared this verse with others.  it is one of my mainstays.

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Isaiah 55:11

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
 
I have done all I know to do for my loved ones.  I have taught them the Word.  I have prayed, and still pray for them.  I have sought to love them as Christ loves me.  I have served them, asked their forgiveness when I’ve been wrong.  Yet, some are still not walking with Him.  My heart has ached with longing for them to come and know this Glorious God I know, through Jesus Christ.  And still I wait.  But I comfort myself and I strengthen myself, feeding on the Promises of God’s Word.   God is outside of time, not bound by it, not imprisoned to it, and certainly not measuring progress by it.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.  So  I comfort myself with promises like, “
2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Matthew 18:19

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 21:22

And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Romans 4:17

(as it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.

As I was reading the story above of Jairus’s daughter, who had died, I was reminded of my loved ones who need Jesus.  Some received them as children, but have slipped away.  Some have never known Jesus before.  All I know, is that God told me not to give up on them, and He whispered to me this morning, “Remember that I am the God who gives life to the dead.”  So even if I feel discouraged, I will not give up, while there is still breath in me.  He loves our loved ones more than we ever could, and He desires none of them to perish, but all of them to come to eternal life.  So let’s keep on praying.  Let’s keep on believing God for His great and precious promises.

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About eloracseniah

May Truth prevail and Love triumph, where we have failed. Amen
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One Response to The mystery of Prayer

  1. Mom says:

    AS YOU WELL KNOW – IT MAY TAKE 20 YEARS – THAT IS WHAT IS TOOK FOR YOUR DAD. FROM 1975 TO 1995. IT MAY TAKE LONGER BUT WITH THE LORD 1000 YEARS IS AS ONE DAY. IN HIS TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD IS ALWAYS AT WORK SO THAT HIS WORD WILL NOT RETURN VOID. HAVE A BLESSED RESURRECTION DAY. LOVE, MOM

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