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Pray Until Something Happens

 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
– Romans 8:26-28 (MSG)

God’s promises, like the birth of a child, requires a gestation period—an agonizing season of waiting. Most people in the Bible who claimed big promises did not get instantly downloadable answers. Like the childless Hannah, or the heirless Abraham or the imprisoned apostle Paul, they travailed. And groaned. And waited. And travailed some more.

Waiting is often the key to faith. And groaning is an aspect of prayer that we rarely teach about today. Yet Romans 8:26 reminds us that Spirit-directed prayer involves “groanings too deep for words.”

Are you praying for something that seems totally beyond your grasp? Are you holding onto a promise from God, yet it is painful to pray because you see no evidence of His hand at work?

Take courage and keep groaning.

Many of us today are at the most intense stage of the birth process—the transition phase—in which a pregnant woman feels confused, irritable and restless. We endure similar feelings of desperation in our walk of faith. We ask ourselves, “Did God really promise me that? Did I hear Him wrong?” Everything inside us wants to quit believing.

The headlines may be depressing. The economy awful. The political situation quite demoralizing. Why pray when everything looks so depressing?

Yet faithful prayer warriors don’t go into retirement. They find the grace to press on. Though their hands may grow feeble, their faith grow stronger.

And finally their groaning pays off—they truly have something to shout about. They not only witness the miracle; they also get to share the testimony.

I pray you will be inspired by the faith of Hannah, Abraham, and many others to hold tightly to all God has promised you.

Lord Jesus, I put my life in your hands. Please lighten my path, guide my feet and order my steps. Grant me strength on the inside and wisdom in my actions as I wait on you till my eyes see the change you have promised. Amen.