The Journey of Prayer

by Janice Keats

Is there anything that prevents our prayers from being answered? If it’s faith then what happened to our faith? The devil may have a stronghold on God’s people, much like the days of Pharaoh in the Old Testament. He held God’s people captive and forced them to intense physical labour. They cried out to God day and night for God to rescue them, which he evidently did. Perhaps our people have not yet cried out to God to be rescued.

Where does the devil work at his best? Among God’s people, of course. Where does he throw in a little confusion and strife and schemes? Among God’s people, of course.

Sometimes along the Christian Journey all kinds of negative thoughts and turmoil may interfere with walking in peace and harmony with the Master.

If we don’t lose heart during the discouraged moments then we have overcome the same temptations that Jesus Himself suffered. How do we then keep forging ahead? Just remember when we fall back, to come back! Don’t even entertain the idea of falling back and staying back. Jesus didn’t remain in the garden when He was perhaps at His weakest moment. He prayed to the Father and proceeded to follow His Father’s Will; yes, even death on a cross. Each of God’s children has the opportunity to pray and continue in the journey. That’s where peace is! That’s where joy is! That’s where we belong, in the everlasting arms of the Father!

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

(I Corinthians 10:13 NIV)

Keep strong in the Lord! He will light your path along the journey!

When you give your burdens to God. What will He do? He will take it. He will rescue you just like He rescued His people out of Pharaoh’s grip. And yes, even those heavy burdens. Pass your burdens over to Him and be comforted by the gentleness of the Father.