“Standing strong and praying through those times in-between calls for holy grit and God’s abundant grace.”- Susie Larson
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”- Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
Susie Larson concludes Chapter 7 of Your Powerful Prayers as she talks about contending for some of the things God puts on your heart. For in the other corner, Satan works to steal your joy, kill your dreams, and destroy your sense of purpose. Consequently, you must stand on God’s Word, even when it doesn’t feel true. But this battle makes you a fiercer prayer warrior. So, the battle’s worth it!
Thus, Susie observes, prayer requires:
- perseverance and perspective
- sensitivity to the Holy Spirit
- strategy from God’s Word
- holy grit
- God’s abundant grace
As Ms. Larson summarizes, we’re most powerful when we pray. In addition, we’re most influential when we walk in step with Almighty God. It’s impossible for God to fail us. However, it’s completely possible and plausible for God to delay giving us what we want. Such times test and prove our faith.
In conclusion, Susie cites Jon Bloom, from his book Things Not Seen (2015):
“How things appear to us, and how they actually are, are rarely the same. Sometimes it looks and feels like the Almighty is dealing ‘very bitterly’ with us, when all the while he is doing us and many others more good than we can imagine. God’s purposes in the lives of his children are always gracious. Always. If they don’t look like it, don’t trust your perceptions. Trust God’s promises. He is always filling His promises (emphasis Susie’s).”
Today’s question: How has holy grit and God’s abundant grace strengthened your prayer life? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Time to reframe our disappointments”