Prayer and Thanksgiving

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The challenges we face can seem overwhelming. These may be physical ailments or financial problems. Perhaps a family member is going through difficulties. We may be struggling in a relationship. We may be facing a crossroads but don’t know what to do.

At such moments, it can be easy to become afraid or worried, frustrated or uncertain, tired or discouraged. It can seem that no matter what we do, our problems don’t diminish and our adversaries are stronger than ever. We may not see any solutions. We may have prayed, yet we still don’t see any change.

At such moments, we can be tempted to give up. But these are times to remember Paul’s instruction that we must “never give up praying” (Colossians 4:2 CEV).

Making the same point, Jesus told a story so we would “keep on praying and never give up” (Luke 18:1 CEV). He told about a widow who was so persistent that the unjust judge finally granted her request. The judge said, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about people, I will help this widow because she keeps on bothering me. If I don’t help her, she will wear me out” (vs. 4-5 CEV).

In our lives, we will face many kinds of adversaries. In our flesh, we might feel that there is no hope, that no one cares about us. But these are moments to keep praying, to “keep alert and be thankful.” Yes, to thank God, confident that He hears our prayers and that we can trust Him.

Today, don’t allow your life to be filled with anxiety. Instead, “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” As you pray and trust in Him, “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).