Traveling back and forth to Hot Springs, we’ve been watching the progress of the widening of the highway along the way. It’s been a mess. I’ve yet to see anything completed. But because they are still working, there is obviously some progress being made. One day the project will be complete and everyone will see the outcome. Those construction workers are not quitting simply because it’s taking so long. And they are not quitting because it’s a bigger mess than before they started.
When it comes to prayer we love the outcome – we are so enthralled with what God is going to do. And that’s wonderful. But through the prayers, there is often a bigger mess than before we started. Have you ever prayed long and hard for anything? And not seen a thing happening? No progress?
Yet by faith we must hang onto the horns of the altar. We must dig into the earth of the present difficulty and excavate it all in prayer. We must blast the rocks of adversity, illness, addiction, and more. We must allow God to remove what’s in the way, even in our hearts, so that we can pray clearly.
Oh beloved. Are you praying? God wants you to know this morning that the effectual fervent prayer of a person in right standing with Him avails much! He says don’t quit now. Don’t swallow the lies of the enemy. He knows what prayer does. He understands that travail brings triumph. God isn’t concerned with the outward circumstances and He isn’t being slow about His promises. Right now it may all be a mess, but God is working in your heart to achieve something wonderful even in the mess. And He says believe in yourself – who I say you are. You aren’t a victim of anything. You are a victor. Your job is not to know when God will move. Your job is to abide in Christ and keep praying.
And even when the prayers seem fruitless, there is the abiding relationship with the Lord that is building you up, giving you fresh fire, increasing your anointing, gaining your spiritual stature and most of all creating a deeper walk with Him. Most everything we encounter, including the messes along life’s road, are meant to take us deeper with Him.
God loves you and He’s for you. Not a word spoke to Him is wasted. Not a praise given in His name is pointless. Rejoice that you can abide in Christ, rely on Holy Spirit and live in the Light of God’s magnificent Presence.
Isaiah 40: 31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Psalm 125: 1 “Those who trust in the Lord Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.”
Matthew 6: 10 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Psalm 103: 13 “The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.”
2 Corinthians 4: 18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”