And as time is getting closer to us thinking we need an answer sooner than later--I have begun to wonder what is up.
I know He hears us. I know that He is up to something.
I love the way Mrs Elliot ends this devotional. If you have a moment to read-please do.
The Weapon of Prayer
News came one day which indicated that a matter I had been praying about had deteriorated rather than improved. "What good are my prayers, anyway?" I was tempted to ask. "Why bother? It's becoming a mere charade." But the words of Jesus occurred in my Bible reading that very morning (and wasn't it a good thing I'd taken time to hear Him?): "If you, bad as you are, know how to give your children what is good for them, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him?" (Matthew 7:11, NEB).
Are you as often tempted as I am to doubt the effectiveness of prayer? But Jesus prayed. He told us to pray. We can be sure that the answer will come, and it will be good. If it is not exactly what we expected, chances are we were not asking for quite the right thing. Our heavenly Father hears the prayer, but wants to give us bread rather than stones.
Prayer is a weapon. Paul speaks of the "weapons we wield" in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. They are "not merely human, but divinely potent to demolish strongholds" (NEB). The source of my doubts about its potency that morning was certainly not the Holy Spirit. It was the unholy spirit, the Destroyer himself, urging me to quit using the weapon he fears so intensely.
"It was the unholy spirit, the Destroyer himself, urging me to quit using the weapon he fears so intensely."
That above is what hit me the most. satan brings doubt and discouragement and we begin to think that we should just give up. After all.....nothing is happening??????
Nothing that we can see with our physical eyes!!
Our enemy is such a liar and he knows how to play us.
He fears............ so he hits us with the fear of the unseen and unknown.
If we will give up he thinks he will win.
Will we let him win?
Thank you for walking through me with this. I am working this thing out in prayer. God is providing the tools to FIGHT..........I will use them.