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January 13, 2021 Don't Give Up Praying - Pastor Scott Thornton

Usually I like to put things in a positive manner. Instead of saying, “Don’t give up” I’d rather say, “Keep on…” and in this case, to say, keep on praying. Sometimes I think it is valuable to just remind ourselves to don’t do something - it seemed to work for God in the Ten Commandments when God says, “Don’t…”


Yesterday I heard a marvelous story of a family member coming to Christ. Prayers were lifted up for this individual for over twenty years. Over these past years there didn’t seem to be any hope as this loved one walked further and further away from God. But God knew where this loved one was (see Psalms 139:7-12) and was working even when the family couldn’t see it.


The Bible says, “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. [18] Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” James 5:17-18 (NIV)


Wow - you talk about powerful prayer. Elijah prayed earnestly that it would not rain and for three and a half years it didn’t. But the Bible says that Elijah was just like us - or we are just like Elijah. We too can pray and God can move mountains of difficulties, trials, obstacles and darkness to bring God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.


As powerful as a prayer that stops or starts rain, I think the prayers that bring a lost person to Jesus are the most powerful prayers in the world.


I wonder what miracles I may have missed because I gave up too early with my prayers? So, instead of focusing on that, I’m going to be encouraged by the story I heard yesterday and to keep on praying or should I say, to not give up praying, especially for those who need Jesus.


How about you? Who are you praying for? Don’t give up.


P.S. I wouldn’t be surprised if this story will be shared at our Prayer and Praise Service on Sunday evening, January 31. If I were you, I would definitely make it a point to be there to maybe hear the story first hand and to NOT GIVE UP PRAYING!


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