Pray: Be constant in prayer

Romans 12--12

As we begin this new day, May 3, 2018, we think of the Quote of the Day:

“There is always something to pray about.”

This expression is certainly apropos since today is the first Thursday in May, designated “The National Day of Prayer,” a day for set aside for Americans to once again ask for God’s involvement in our country, its leaders, and our military. Millions will answer the call to prayer today, as organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where citizens will unite in prayer for America and its leadership.  These events remind us of Jesus Christ’s exhortation that those who follow him should “always pray and not to faint.”

The Verse of the Day for Biblegateway.com offers similar words of encouragement:

Romans 12:12 (New Living Translation)

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

This particular verse was the inspiration for a poem written after hearing a teaching on the storms of life. As believers, we are either in the midst of a storm or coming out of a storm and preparing to go through another storm.  Although the statement was made following one of the most devastating and destructive storms in recent memory, Hurricane Katrina, occurring in 2005, these words can apply to us in 2018:

The Prayer Directive: Strength between Storms

Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation,

 continuing steadfastly in prayer;

Romans 12:12 [NKJV]

 

When it seems that we have reached our outer limits

Of exhausted options and can no longer cope,

Wrestling with unbelief, our foe that inhibits,

God’s word reminds us to keep rejoicing in hope.

We know that in patience we possess our soul.

In the midst of life’s pressures, we remain secure,

Assured that in Christ Jesus, we have been made whole,

Watching and waiting with renewed strength to endure.

As stately palm trees, we yield and bend in the wind,

And pray in the spirit, with requests that never cease.

As sweet-smelling incense, our fervent prayers ascend

In greater measure, as our petitions increase.

Though storms may overwhelm, we are still in God’s care:

Therefore rejoice, be patient, continue in prayer.

We close with another reminder from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir: Pray:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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