Pray and Keep on Praying

1 Thessalonians 5:17

The headlines read “On Jun 18th, 2014, the Department of Defense announced that 17 service members have been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster aircraft that crashed in Alaska on Nov. 22, 1952.” It struck me as amazing that after all these years those men have finally been found. Knowing an aunt who waited her entire life for the return of a soldier son, I know the descendants are glad to have closure.

The families of those beloved soldiers from 1952 have been waiting a long time for information. Fifty- eight years someone has been beseeching God, storming heaven and seeking His face. Someone, some descendent has carried the torch of prayer on behalf of those servicemen. I would guess that many of them gave up long ago any hope of finding the answer to anything about their disappearance. But I would imagine too that there is someone in some of those families who has prayed and hoped and begged God and reminded Him over the years that they would like an answer.

Most of us will admit that we don’t mind praying. It’s the waiting in prayer that we don’t like. We expect to pray and get an answer. We want a nice tidy prayer with a nice quickly replied tidy answer. But God speaks to my heart. The prayers of those descendants of the soldiers, whoever it was that prayed, kept the search going as well. There are answers that only come from multiple things falling into place.  When you seek Me with all of your heart and learn more about Me you will find it easier to come to me for everything. Prayer is not neat and tidy, it is gut wrenching, long suffering, and enduring.  Just as you cannot make a homemade loaf of bread instantly, so it takes time for answers to many prayers to produce. But I am teaching you more about Me in the process. And I am teaching you more about you in the process as well. My desire is that you cultivate endurance and faith. Keep praying, keep looking, keep knowing that I will deliver the best for you. If you see things that may not seem like your prayers are being answered, trust Me. I work out all things for your good and My glory. Every single time.

Oh beloved, God has indeed heard your prayers. You can quit wondering if He is really listening. Learn to pray from an attitude of gratefulness. Lean on His promises, trust in His providence and remain in His presence. In the meantime, while you are waiting, you can learn to rest in God’s favor, rehearse the Truth about God. You can renew your walk with the Lord, by giving your heart fresh and new to Jesus. Rededication of your walk with God will intensify your faith. Rolling your cares on Him will guard your heart and your mind. Pray the Word over yourself as well as your family and your situation. Who knows, you may be the very one God has chosen to work through for His glory in the lives and situations beyond what your natural eye can see.

God loves you and He’s for you. That’s the Word today beloved. Don’t quit praying now. You do not know where the answer is, but you do know that God hears you when you pray. Always remember that your authority in prayer comes, not through the merits of your name, but through the awesome power in the name of Jesus Christ. Rejoice as you live this life of faith, coming to Him with all your petitions with a grateful heart in His redeeming care.

Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

Psalm 77:1 My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me.

I Thessalonians 5:17 Never stop praying.

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 6:9 The Lord has heard my supplication, The Lord receives my prayer.


About rebekahbeene

In a Women’s meeting in 1983, I went up for prayer and to see if God had “anything for me”. The woman of God who was praying for people spoke over my life. She said these words: “You will write books. You can go to the bank on it. Rivers of living water will flow from your belly…”
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