Theme: THE POWER OF PRAYER
Text: “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:35,36.
Comment: When some people pray and do not get what they ask for within a month, six months, a year or two, they grow impatient and become lukewarm in their religious devotions. They, having developed a feeling of hopelessness, turn to idols, witch-doctors and so forth. This is very bad of those professing to be Christians. We must know that whatever we pray for will be granted us, not according to our will, but God’s will, and in His own due time. We are therefore required to wait on the Lord (Psalm 27: 13,14), and it is commonly said that “God’s time is the best”.
For the faithful worshipper, if a prayer has not been answered, that is no cause for despair because he trusts that whatever the all-wise God does is the best. It was this understanding that made Jesus Christ our Saviour say in his prayer to the Heavenly Father, “not my will, but thine, be done”. What we may consider to be good for us may turn out to work against our well-being. We should therefore leave things to God and accept His decision always.
Moreover, God also tries us. Moses told the Israelites that God Almighty made them go through difficulties in order to prove their faith. (Deuteronomy 8:2) Let us continue to exercise faith, continue in righteousness and be contented while waiting on the Lord. “… for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” – Psalm 9:10.