Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 (ESV)
These words all fit together don’t they? What words all fit together? Hopefully, patiently and constantly, are all words that fit together. They all are part of one whole picture. Say more, about how these words fit together in one whole picture. You are on the right track. I pray because I am hopeful. I know that you delight to hear my prayers. You will draw near to me as I draw near to you in prayer. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to come to rely on you for your help. I believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. So, I pray with hopeful expectation. That is very good. Yes, it is my delight to hear your prayers. It is my joy to meet with you in prayer. I do want you to live in an intimate relationship with me. I will hear and answer your prayers. There is more. I’m listening. You have asked me to keep on praying. You have told me to never give up and quit praying to you. Some prayers are answered almost immediately. Some prayers are answered over an extended period of time. Some prayers are answered in ways far better than I could have hoped for, dreamed of or even imagined. Some prayers, because of your loving grace and mercy, are never answered. What do you mean by that? I am not all wise. I am not all knowing. I know there have been many times I have prayed prayers that I am so glad you did not answer. Well, you did answer. No, is an answer. Some of the best answers to my prayers have been an answer of “no”. When I pray with hope, I am praying that you will hear and answer my prayers according to your will and purpose and plans. My hope is rooted in you. That is very good. Yes, it is. I am filled with confident hope in you. So, with that in mind, I will pray patiently. I will keep on praying. I will not give up. I will not quit. Similarly, I will be constant in prayer. What do you mean by that? I will be praying to you both over time and all the time. How will make prayer a priority in your life? How will you continue to be constant in your prayers? How will you keep on praying over time and all the time? I will set aside a time and place for us to meet daily in prayer. I will draw near to you. You will draw near to me. You will guide my prayers. You will give me prayers to pray. You will hear and answer my prayers as I walk through a prayer filled life with you. Yes, I will. Keep on coming to me in prayer. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, it is my joy to come to meet with you in prayer. I will set aside a daily time and place for us to meet together in prayer so that our time together becomes an absolute priority in my life. Help me to continue to pray hopefully, patiently and constantly. Amen
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