“Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.”
Samuel the prophet/priest/judge said these words to the people of Isreal after they begged God for a king and He gave them what they wanted. These people wanted a king because “everyone else was doing it”.
They were a whiney group. Begging for something they didn’t need. They didn’t trust their God Whom had delivered them from their enemies countless times before. They thought their plan was better.
Just like the rest of us.
I personally am extremely grateful God didn’t answer some of my whiney prayers. Like the one in Jr. High when I pleaded to be the wife of David Cassidy when I got big. Extremely. Grateful.
I don’t want to be found guilty of the sin of prayerlessness. I also don’t want to be found guilty of dominating my prayer time with whiney, selfish prayers. I want to be found faithful of bringing things to the Lord that really matter. That are life changing for people.
This morning I woke up very early with a heavy, heavy heart. A heart hurting over people hurting.
* A 7 year old boy in the hospital diagnosed with depression because his parents decided they would rather chase after their own happiness than keep their family together.
* A couple who grieves a death. The death of their precious little one who came into this world with no life breath.
* Couples who grieve a death. Not one death, but a new one every month when the womb weeps red.
* A young lady burying her fiancé today because he chose not to live in this world any more. Family all questioning what they could have done.
* A family hurting over actions and decisions of children. Trying to find peace.
* A young woman missing a daddy gone too soon.
Such a heavy heart over heavy things. Then I remembered something else Samuel said.
“Now, stand still and see this great thing the Lord will do before your eyes.”
Most of all we trust. Trust that the Jehovah God cares when our heart is heavy. Trust that He will give us what we need to walk through the things we have to walk through.
Please, oh please, don't stop praying.