Four Years Later

Helen, a mother in Oklahoma City, was broken-hearted when one of her children left their faith. She and her husband prayed and cried together and asked each other, “Have I done something wrong?”

Helen began giving special time to night praying, each night assigning herself a promise to study and pray through. One promise was Isaiah 45:11: “Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, and you shall commit to Me the work of My hands” (NASB). Her child was to be given over to God. He was the work of His hands (Psalm 139:13-16).

She learned from Daniel 9:21 that Daniel prayed in extreme weariness and that God strengthened him when he prayed (Daniel 10:19), so it was not always time to quit praying when she was tired.

Four years passed and during that time the pain caused by their child’s rebellion never diminished. But God’s promises gave them spiritual strength and assured them that His answer would come. “Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3). She learned to say, “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15).

Four years later, their once wayward child prays with them and relishes opportunities to be with them. Their family is whole again. 

Thank You, Jesus, that Your Word is a prayer book.

"Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

Day 6 (of 40 Days of Prayer)
     Please pray God will anoint the main speakers as they prepare and present. Today especially pray for Laura Edwards, Linda Seaman, and Patsy Lewis. Pray that the message on God's heart will be on their hearts.