Should we keep praying  at the brink of giving up? 

The one concern of the devil is to keep us from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work and religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray. – Anonymous. 

 The Bible says in Isaiah 55:9, “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

 

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.” – James 5:13

👋🏿 Let’s pay attention to these three quotes, shall we?

I began doing research yesterday, online, trying my  best to find inspirational blogs to help me learn how to keep trusting God because my faith is at 2/10, despair is taking over and I can’t pray. Last time I wrote about staying resilient in order not to break our spirits. I’d like to follow up with what happens when you get to the place I am at now.

It’s difficult  to keep going. Especially when you have prayed and prayed for months but there’s no end to your troubles in sight. It’s almost as if the more you pray, the tougher the battle gets! I found a blog that gave possible reasons for why our prayers probably don’t get answered. They were interesting and I should probably share what I remember to you guys. Nobody knows the mind of God by the way,  so this is someone else’s opinion but I happen to think it makes a lot of sense. God never says NO to us. We’ve been told that his answers to our needs are usually:

  • Yes
  • wait
  • I have something better in mind for you

Now, while we’re supposed to learn certain lessons from the things we go through, in times like these, I can’t stress how important it is to make an effort to find God again and trust him. Today I told myself that the devil cannot win!  Although I’m almost at the ‘dark place’  where I question God all the time, à little part of me refuses to believe that he doesn’t have my back. It’s impossible! He would never 😱.  So, not hearing from him when we pray may be because :

  • We are praying with doubt in our hearts
  • We have unconfessed sins resting on our consciences
  • We are praying for selfish reasons
  • We are praying with wrong motives
  • We have turned away from scripture

I realized that the battle to keep believing and keep fighting had been going on for so long that,  I had entertained at least two of the above reasons. I had allowed doubt into my heart, I’d also turned away from scripture. It’s been hard for me to pray, seek God and keep believing in him. Simply because I have lost track of what I’m praying for! Most days I don’t know if I’m praying for my situation to get better or to be removed from it completely.  Like I said, it’s hard.. But let’s not lose hope. Even if your faith is dwindling,  the fact that his grace is upon your life today, the fact that you are awake and alive is enough to remember that he wants you to keep going. You’re on this side of the ground!

Instead of praying for what you want, pray that his will for your life be done. Pray for strength, for inner peace and joy to face your adversities. No one else can grant you these inward blessings. Not your family, not your best friend, not your spouse.. Just God.

So this is me, at 2/10 speaking goodness into the universe. Don’t walk away from your God, that’s what the devil wants.  Don’t fixate on the outcome you want! Try your best to pray and let his will be done. PRAY BECAUSE YOUR Life REALLY  DEPENDS ON IT. ❤️❤️❤️ in Jesus name ❤️❤️❤️ AMEN.

 -A. Afua

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