The Suffering

“Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own body.” Hebrews 13:3

We live in a world of suffering!  The persecuted believers in Islamic countries, the famine stricken millions, those in poverty and wretchedness, refugees from armed conflict  –  and so much more. In our smaller circles, in thousands of homes and hearts, there is great sorrow!  In our own neighborhood, how many need help or comfort?   Let us have a heart for the suffering.  Jesus sacrificed all and identified Himself with our suffering!  Let us in our measure do so too.  It will stir us to pray, to work to hope, to love more.  And in a way and time we do not understand, God will hear our prayers.

Pray always without giving up.

Jesus told His disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up” (Luke 18:1).

Have you begun to feel that prayer is really the help needed for this sinful world?  The very greatness of the task makes us despair!  What can our ten minutes of intercession accomplish?  It is okay that we feel this:  It may be the way in which God is calling and preparing us to give more of our time to prayer.  Give yourself wholly to God, pour out your heart to others in love, and look to God in dependence and expectation.  To a heart thus led by the Holy Spirit, it is possible to pray always and not give up.

By Andrew Murray
Used by permission
From: ‘Teach Me to Pray
published by Barbour Publishing, Inc.

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