“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart” — Luke 18:1(NRSV).
It’s difficult to not lose heart when our prayers go unanswered. Whether it’s for a specific need or a special person, when we don’t see immediate results, we can lose hope.
One encouraging Scripture about hope is found in Isaiah. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (40:31).
Our hope is in the Lord. We can’t lose heart. Even when God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we had hoped, delays His answer, or answers in an unexpected way, we cannot give up praying.
Don’t Stop Praying
On a 3 x 5 index card, I keep a list of people and issues for which I am praying. The card marks a page in my Bible, like a bookmark, to remind me of my list. Some people have been on my list for years. While some are related to me, others I’ve never met. Some are neighbors, friends, and church family. Others, like Charley Rose have captured my heart.
Charley will be one year old on July 21. However, she has spent almost half of her life living in a hospital full-time. On Christmas Day, 2020, Charley was diagnosed with stage 3 Neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body.
I began following a personal blog called “Charley’s Angels” on C, and I’ve been amazed at the spiritual strength exhibited by her young parents—both are 20 years old. Through the ups and downs of Charley’s treatments, and the good and not-so-good news from her medical team, her parents’ faith has remained strong. While I know they’ve been discouraged at times, their hope is in the Lord.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round