Waiting on God to move can feel like it takes forever, especially when a lot of things are going wrong. When situations get hectic and you feel overwhelmed, if you aren't careful, you'll push prayer aside. It will land in the "desperate measures only" category.
I remember someone in need of prayer told me they had lots and lots of troubles. “Things have gotten so bad that prayer is all I have left,” they said, feeling desperate and out of answers.
My response to them was, “Prayer is all you need. Prayer should never be a last resort. It must be the first option.”
Today I was reading Luke 18 where Jesus told His disciples a story for a specific purpose: to show them that they should always pray and never give up.
There was a judge in a certain city that didn’t fear God and didn’t care about people. When a widow in his city begged him to side with her in a dispute with an enemy, the judge ignored her for a while. But she was persistent in her requests. Finally, according to verse 5, the judge said, “…this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
She got justice in the end because she didn’t stop asking.
Jesus said, if an unjust judge will help a person who is persistent, “don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly!”
That word quickly in the Greek is tachos (Pronounced takh'-os), which means shortly, speedily, or soon.
So then, the word of God assures us that if we are persistent in prayer and cry out to Him both day and night, He will come to our defense speedily. He will make sure to right the wrongs in our life. He will ensure that the outcome will be favorable ... and He’ll do it quickly.
If you have been praying earnestly and seeking God’s face relentlessly, He has heard every single cry. And He’s about to move for you. The enemy has come against you. The force of the opposition is strong. But you didn’t stop crying out, as we talked about in yesterday's blog. So the Lord is rushing to your defense. He is stretching forth His hand in response to your relentless prayers.
He’s doing a quick work. You’re going to see a rapid turnaround. The status of your situation is changing. Victory is yours because you called on the name of the Lord.
In light of this truth, you have every reason to rejoice and be confident. Despite what the enemy is trying to do, you can boldly declare Isaiah 8:10 NIV, which is what I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that the weapons of warfare the enemy is using against you won't succeed. Why? Because God is with you. It's time to condition your mind to receive a breakthrough. If you know you have sought the Lord with all your heart, get ready for the turnaround you’ve been waiting for to manifest. Believe that your moment has arrived to receive what you have been expecting and more.
As you believe God for your situation, also join me in praying for some of the individuals on our “Thoughtful Thursdays” prayer list, that have asked to have their petition posted here. I know there is power in agreement. And as you intercede for them, God will move for you. No matter what it is, the Lord is more than able to fix it and turn that thing around for you.
THOUGHTFUL THURSDAYS PRAYER REQUESTS
Anonymous wrote: About 2 years ago at the age of 33 I was diagnosed with heart failure. I have been receiving treatment & the Lord has moved on my behalf, but please pray that my heart function will be completely restored. I feel like there are other things coming against my body. Just please pray for me.
Cynthia wrote: I had a house fire in 2015. The contractor received most of the money and did not finish the job. With the rest of the money I tried to fix what I could but the township was fighting me because the contractor never had any permits. Now I have a new contractor but no more money. I need a miracle and I don't know where to turn. Please help me pray God will open doors for me to get the money.
Anonymous wrote: First I want to say I enjoy your inspirational postings on Facebook. At this moment I have been living in my car. I've been through a lot: domestic violence, everything stolen from me, and horrible divorce. I daily ask God by faith to completely deliver me from lack, bondage, homelessness, debt, loneliness, depression, etc. Today I ask of you to be in agreement with me for these miracles which he promised will manifest in every area of my life. I'm asking for complete restoration. Thank you for taking the time to pray for me. And may God continue to bless and lead you in mighty ways in Jesus Name. Amen.
Anita wrote: Asking prayers for my family to come back to serving the Lord.
Anonymous wrote: My son is abusing drugs and is really angry with me, so much so, he robbed my house of my electronics and small sentimental jewelry. Please pray for William J. Sistrunk. My season of abundance is here. Your podcast today helped my emotions. Thank you.
Anonymous wrote: I need prayer for myself. I am feeling isolated and insignificant. I am saved and love the Lord and He has done great things for me. I am just weary.
Anonymous wrote: Thank you Dianna for your obedience to God and the confirming word you gave today. I ask for you and your team to stand in prayer with me. I am seeking for God to reveal His will for my life and help me to understand the direction I’m going in. I’m also waiting for the offer for a job that seems to fit what I have a desire to do but it has not manifested yet. I’m not sure if the delay is the enemy or God, but it is going on 3 weeks and no word from Human Resources. I am asking for my turnaround to arrive and the delay to cease in Jesus name. But I’m also asking for peace in the waiting room. I believe God, but for some reason, in the area of my job/career, there is a spirit of vexation that keeps me from trusting wholeheartedly. I’m asking for a complete breakthrough in that area that I will be free from that chain once and for all in Jesus name.
Anonymous wrote: I am seeking prayer for direction regarding my job. As an educator of 20 years I’m at a crossroad. Do I stay in the profession or leave? I’m also seeking new opportunities, particularly outside of the classroom. I’m also seeking favor for admission into graduate school after changing my degree program twice. There isn’t enough space in this box. I’m asking God to solidify this relationship—yes it is man and woman, not any of this new liberal confusion. Remove the fear, renew our love, trust and understanding for one another. Establish our steps and let us compliment and not compete. Help me to stay in my lane.
Anonymous wrote: I've been unemployed for almost 6 months. No income at all. I've sent out over 2500 resumes resulting in two interviews. One interview I was a final candidate but the job was given to someone else. After the other interview I never heard back. I'm more than qualified for every job I've applied to, yet it's 6 months and I'm still unemployed. I don't know what to do. Bills are past due and I can barely eat each day. I feel so sad but I trust God. Please pray for me. Thank you.
CourtMarie wrote: Hi, my boyfriend and I have been together for 7 years in June. We’ve weathered some storms together. I’ve taken sex away almost a year ago and just recently, he’s asked me to pray for us that we can get things right. I am asking that you strong women and men of God please pray for us CourtMarie and Jermel for the Lord’s direction, wisdom, guidance and confirmation. Thank you in advance!
Now let’s pray.
God, Your word tells me that if I persistently pray in faith, You will hear and answer my petitions. So I lift up every issue, burden, struggle and test to you today. I ask that You show up and work the situation out in my favor. I don’t know how to fix it on my own or which way to go. But You know all things. I believe You have already made the way for me and moved on my behalf. So instead of fretting, I will rejoice in advance and thank You for my complete turnaround and the quick work You will do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
f you desire prayer, please allow me, along with my intercessory prayer team, to stand in faith with you for breakthrough. We would be so honored. We have seen God work over and over again. There is power in agreement. Click here to request prayer now.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!