Praying without Ceasing

Paul said he pleaded with God three times to take his thorn from the flesh in 2 Corinthians 12. 3 times. He pleaded before God I’m sure a whole lot more than this for just the salvation of people, for the churches, for his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Lately, praying for the lost has really been heavy on my heart. God just sends me out to leave the office twice a day for ten minutes to pray for whatever is on my heart. It’s a daily thing to be praying for the lost.

To pray for my sisters, it’s harder for me to discern who I should pray for. Now that I have been reconciled with a brother in Christ, it’s time to pray not only for him but also a sister in Christ who is related to the sticky situation. When I say sticky, it’s pretty sticky.

When thinking about ripping something apart, I like to refer back to the analogy of two blocks of wood after being glued with wood glue being ripped apart. The wood splinters and parts. It breaks pieces off. It causes a hot mess. I feel this situation relates to that deeply. How do I pray for this sister? How can I pray for this sister when I feel she plays a part in changing my life forever?

If all things go well with her in the end, will I be okay? How do I remain content in all the circumstances God will have me live through? Contentment may be easier now….but in the future, how do I prepare myself for that battle?

It goes back to His Word and prayer. Nothing is more satisfying than keeping my hope, my focus, on the Gospel that saves. Nothing is more satisfying than knowing Him. Nothing is more satisfying than following Him all the days of my life. 

As I prepare to possibly transfer to Cal State Long Beach (the school I thought I’d NEVER attend) I think of these things and how I can seek God NOW more than ever. Right now, who is it that God wants me to pray for? Right now, what does he want me to pray for? How can I glorify Him in my prayers?

I end this blog post with a Scripture I’ve been memorizing, which has been especially helpful today having been in physical pain all day.

2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of God may rest upon me.”

May his power rest upon me according to His will. 


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