We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

Extra Strength

Sit, Walk, Stand: Prayer That Changes Things {Sunday, July 26, 2015}

By Sheryll Belonga

Pointed Persistent Prayers Prevail

“God please let me get a dog.”

“God please let me get a dog.”

“God please let me get a dog.”

“God please let me get a dog.”

Ugh! If you think you are ready to stop reading that imagine how my husband and I felt years ago hearing it over and over.  Every night, for at least a year, our oldest son would pray this prayer. The kid really wanted a dog but we were just not ready.

When Pastor Joe mentioned the parable that God told of the persistently praying woman I immediately thought of my son’s prayer. It also made me relate to the judge in the story. Here are the key verses that I can relate totally to.

A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’

“God please let me get a dog.”

“God please let me get a dog.”

“God please let me get a dog.”

“God please let me get a dog.”

I know. Not that again. That was how I felt too but then something else happened.  Our hearts began to soften and soon I joined my son in that prayer.  My prayer was not let us get a dog but God prepare us for a dog and gives us the financial means needed to properly care for him.

We wanted him to have a dog but we knew that it needed to be at the right time.  We told our son this but that didn’t stop him from praying every night.  He never gave up.

Pastor Joe also mentioned how he doesn’t go to God in the little things but seeks Him with the things he feels he can’t handle.  I am the same way.  If I am truly honest though, if we all are, we can’t handle anything without Him.  I agree with Pastor Joe that it is in those seemingly easy times that I feel I may need Him the most.

It is in the day-to-day living and being a wife and mom that I need Him to help me be at my best and give my best.  My husband is happy not because of what I do but because I seek God before I do it.  When I don’t seek God first it never works out well.  It is in those times that I pray, “God please let my husband be patient.” “God please let my husband be patient.”

Pastor Joe gave us four ways we are to pray:

  1. Pray in the spirit. (see Ephesians 6:18) – He tells us that the more specific and pointed our prayers the more seriously God takes our concern.
  1. Pray always. – We are to live day to day with a God consciousness. We are to know that even the little things are important enough to pray about. (see Joshua 9:14)
  1. Pray with persistence.  (see Jurrell Jr, just kidding) – We are to pray when we feel like it, when we don’t and until we feel like it. Pastor Joe told us that God uses persistent prayers to change things. We are to always pray and never give up. (see Luke 18)
  1. Pray for all believers everywhere. (see 1st Timothy 2:1)

Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray.

What have you got to lose? You may also drive someone crazy in the process. Either way it’s a win.

 

Sheryll Belonga is wife to Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

 

 

 

Be Challenged:

  • Is there something big that you took to God once and just left it there? You should keep taking it to Him until He moves.
  • Are there any small everyday things that you keep trying to handle on your own because you feel it doesn’t require prayer?  You should bring that to Him as well. If we would all come to Him like a child we would realize there is nothing to small or too big that we can’t take to Him.

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