A young woman I know has one request: Her parents don’t know Jesus. So day after day, week after week, Lori prays for them. And day after day, week after week, she invites them to church. But they don’t join her. Ever.
“Will you pray for Mom and Dad?” she asked. “They’re not interested in Jesus. They’re sick of me bringing Him up. But this I know: Whether it’s a song or sunset or words from a stranger, God can make Himself known. Let’s pray He shows up big.”
So I have been for three years. Lori has prayed even longer. She remembers being eight and wishing they would read a Bible story or say grace before meals. Back then, her prayers were simple: “Help Mommy and Daddy love Jesus.” And God heard her request.
“Pray without ceasing…” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Last month, out of nowhere, I got a text in all caps: “MOM WAS READING MY BIBLE TODAY. SHE’S SO BUSTED, LOL!” I couldn’t believe her words! What in Heaven’s name brought this on? 🙂 Immediately, our prayers amped up: “Lord, you’re working. Help both parents crave Truth and find it. Remove every obstacle so the hope of Christ shines bright.” And God heard our request.
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying…” (Ephesians 6:18).
Three days ago, Lori sent this: “Happy tears! When I walked into church, guess who was there? They CAME! My eyes are puffy hideous, LOL. But God is real and He hears and He loves my parents. HOLLA! That’s the new hallelujah, FYI. Start using it, k?”
Hallelujah Holla! I’m still ecstatic, but the best is yet to come. Can you feel it too? Any day, I expect a text starting with “Guess what?” and ending with “They know Him now!” Pray with me, sisters. Just keep praying. When we’re exhausted, doubtful, or weary from waiting, let’s don’t give up. Father God hears our prayers. And I’ve seen Him answer.
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3).
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