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June 8, 2020

Romans 8:26-28 (NKJV) Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, TO THOSE WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.

I still believe in the power of prayer – when someone prays in tongues, the Bible says that Holy Spirit is helping us to pray to God (and in other times, Holy Spirit brings us to pray for the saints). And the working power of prayer compels God to move in His sovereignty to condition every situation and circumstances, including moving certain people. In short, prayer causes the synergy of everything that is required towards the answer of our prayers, it doesn’t matter if we could see them or not!

Until today, He is still and always God who answers prayers! Therefore, don’t stop or be weary in your prayers. Keep holding onto the hope and faith that our prayers are never in vain, even though they still seem to be so far from being realized!

Jesus once gave a parable to emphasize the importance of persistence in praying. Jesus spoke about a widow who keeps asking for the judge to defend her case (Luke 18:1-8). To close the parable, Jesus emphasized: “now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8, NASB)

From the parable above, we learn about persistence in praying; to pray ceaselessly and to not be trapped to want everything in an instant (a heart attitude that is shaped by this world)!

Oftentimes in order to answer our prayer, God must involve a ‘third-party’. Sometimes that ‘third-party’ is not always available, so another ‘third-party’ is needed to fulfill our prayer. Although we can’t deny that sometimes, the ‘delay’ in God’s answer for our prayers is caused by our own unpreparedness.

Regardless of all, the prayers we lift before God has the power to change! Prayers will firstly change our own selves – making us more and more ready to receive the answer to that prayer. At the same time, prayer also has the power to orchestrate the situation, condition, and even certain people to work towards the fulfillment of our prayer!

We often don’t know the way God answers our prayers. However, every prayer we lift before God will find their own way. And those prayers will move certain people to ensure a conducive condition for the fulfillment of our prayer – and this could happen all of a sudden without our knowledge.

That’s why, make sure that we stay persistent in our struggle to pray and to declare the word. Because when we struggle in prayer without cease, God will release us from the struggle of everyday life just like that. #ILoveGod

Ps. Steven Agustinus