It's About the Outcome
Psalm 88:1-2 (NIV®)
O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
I exercise because I like the outcome. But I can’t tell you that in the middle of a workout I’m thinking, “Oh, I’m having fun now.” In my case there are messages coming from all over my body saying, “We’ve had enough of this foolishness. Park it!” I have a friend who coaches runners. When they’re getting those internal messages he tells them, “Decide you’re going to run to the next mailbox. And when you get there, run to the next mailbox. Just don’t give up.” When you are learning to persevere in prayer, not all of the messages you’ll hear will be affirming. Everyone will not want to join you. Your prayers may not be answered in the way you expect or in your timing. Jesus coached His followers to pray and not give up. So let’s pray, “day and night” . . . and not give up!
Heavenly Father, day and night I will cry out to You. May my prayer come before You. Lord, turn your ear to my cry. Apart from Your involvement, I would be without hope, desperate and alone. But with You, Father, I have great hope and I praise You for it today. Thank You for Your faithfulness to hear my prayers. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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