Prayer with Hope
Do you wish your difficult or painful circumstances were different?
Most, if not all of us, would say “yes” in a heartbeat! The Oxford Dictionary defines a wish as a “feeling or expression of a strong desire or hope for something that cannot or probably will not happen”. Feelings and desires alone will not change anything because they are just that, feelings and desires! Real hope, however, is found in the power of God. It is the confident expectation of what God has promised in His Word, and its strength is in His faithfulness. What changes our circumstances is taking up God’s open invitation to bring our problems to Him in prayer (1 Peter 5 vs 7). Praying is not hoping, but rather putting one’s hope in God who is able to change our circumstances because nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32 vs 27). He is a faithful God and when we pray in line with His Word, standing on the many promises He has made in the Bible concerning the circumstances we may find ourselves in, He fulfils His promises in us (Isaiah 55 vs 11), because He “is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good” (Numbers 23:19). Our hope in God must remain steadfast through the trials of life, especially during those times when we don’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just keep praying and trusting in God, confident in the knowledge that when you pray in line with His Word, He hears your prayers, and He answers (1 John 5 vs 14-15). So instead of wishing upon a star or having a Christmas wish, let’s offer our expectant prayer to a loving God and wait in hope that He has heard and walks right alongside us.