“Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD

Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.”  Psalm 9:10

daily devotionalWhat’s the good of praying? My friends and I have prayed for years and nothing has happened. God doesn’t care. For all I know, He’s off playing golf.” The young woman who spoke so passionately about her disappointment with God is not alone.

I understand her dilemma. One day my husband, a strong Christian leader, signed himself into a mental hospital. He had suffered a complete mental breakdown. Many people prayed for him. We were so certain that God would heal him. We clung to Bible verses that promised healing, such as: “The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven” (James 5:15).

Healing made sense to me: we’d have a strong message of hope for the world. But my husband did not recover. Today he’s in a care home.

I admit, sometimes I’ve felt like giving up on prayer. I mean, what was the use? Things were taking their course from bad to worse just as though we had never prayed.

Yet what was the alternative? If I walked away from God, I would lose my source of greatest comfort and strength. So, I made a choice to press in deeper into the mystery of prayer.

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