Do you not know? Have you not heard?The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earthDoes not become weary or tired.His understanding is inscrutable.He gives strength to the weary,And to him who lacks might He increases power.Though youths grow weary and tired,And vigorous young men stumble badly,Yet those who wait for the LORDWill gain new strength;They will mount up with wings like eagles,They will run and not get tired,They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31
We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 1 Colossians 1:9-10
On August 28, 2011, I received an email, “This is a voice from your past.” I had lost contact from a dear friend in high school.
She caught me up on her life in the first email, and I caught her up on my life in the next email, including the fact that the Lord had healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in 2010.
The next email from her brought me to tears as I praised God for her faithfulness to the Holy Spirit‘s urging to pray for me throughout all these years.
We had lost touch the last several years of high school. When I was 19, I ended up in the hospital, and there was a possibility that I would die from one of the tests that the doctors were performing. She had a dream that she ran through the hospital urging everyone to pray for me. When she woke up, she was very discomforted and only told a few people.
“But, the bottom line is, as weird as this sounds, through the years I have continued to pray for your health.“
Prayer works! James tells us:
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:16-18
Thank you, Elaine, for praying without ceasing for my health. Throughout the 40+ years of your praying, the Lord has worked great and mighty miracles in my family’s lives, including healing me and renewing my strength beyond what I had ever hoped for–all for the works that He had prepared for me to do from before the foundation of the world. Thank you for obeying the prompting of the Holy Spirit and praying earnestly.
My prayer for you:
Our Father in Heaven, You alone are great, and Your Holy Spirit urges us to pray beyond our understanding. Bless our prayers and our spirits as we follow Your bidding. Thank You for great saints who persevere even when they do so in faith. Guide us in Your ways and teach us to pray without ceasing. Thank you, Father.
What are you fervently praying for?