DITW – Praying Without Expecting – June 15, 2018

Date: 15 Jun 2018 Comments: 0

I have talked about the power of prayer many times among my friends, small groups, children, etc. Yet, I still get frustrated when I don’t see things going my way, even though I don’t always pray over things like I should. It’s this bizarre dichotomy of knowing the awesome things that can happen with answered prayers but also with the prayers that don’t get answered seeming to let me down. Well, in my reading today, I got to look at the awesome prayer power of Nehemiah. I’d honestly forgotten the prayer he made but it basically shows that he went into the prayer knowing that God would answer… “O Lord, God of Heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people of Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.” (Nehemiah 1:5-7, NLT). The reality is that I think of all the bad things I have done recently, no matter how minor and feel like God won’t listen because I’m not admitting my sin. But no matter what we have done, God already knows so it’s sillyfor us to worry about that. “Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the Lord. How much more does he know the human heart!” (Proverbs 15:11, NLT). So, I need to remember, ask for that forgiveness and still ask my prayer because God is listening.

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