There are times when we cannot stop crying or weeping. Sometimes, it includes shyness and groaning. Such moments could lead us to despair and even depression. Emotional exhaustion, mental tension, and spiritual weariness could overwhelm us.
1) Presence of God: Turning to the Lord during such moments is very important. David strengthened himself in the Lord while his men were sinking in despair and wanted to stone David. (I Samuel 30:6) Hezekiah chose to take the letter of intimidation, threat and blackmail and spread it in the presence of the Lord. (II Kings 19:14) Faith in Lord’s goodness, greatness, power, authority, love and grace, drives people of God to His presence.
2) Prayers bring peace: Believers ought to take their burdens, worries, cares and anxiety to the Lord. After pouring out in his presence, they can have peace that is beyond human reason. (Philippians 4:7) This peace was experienced by Hannah as she was no more sad. (I Samuel 1:18)
3) Persistent prayers: Many times believers are not persistent in prayers, sometimes even forget about their prayers. Lord Jesus shared parables about persistence in prayers. First, the persistent widow who demanded justice from an unrighteous judge. Day after day, she weary the judge with her request. At last the wicked judge relented not because it was a just cause, because of the widow’s persistence. If a wicked judge could give justice, why not the righteous Lord? However, the Lord wondered, if people will hold on to faith? (Luke 18:1-8) Second, the persistent friend who pleaded for his guest at midnight. (Luke 11:5-13) Without shame, braving with hope, that friend got what he needed, much more than he had requested.
4) Promises: God’s promises are relevant, contemporary, and good. God who listens to our prayers, promises reward for our labours of love. “Thus says the LORD: “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:16)
Persistent faith in holding to Promise provides Peace and Victory.
Do I persevere with persistent faith?