Pray Without Ceasing

I’ve posted a few times about positive developments in our lives recently and we are very excited to see what is coming. God has been answering our petitions in ways we couldn’t have imagined.  Val and I decided we would be praying together every night for our family, our lives, and our boys.

We are moving forward.

Last night I met my mother to pick up Carter and Aiden.  Val works Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  My mother had watched the boys until around 9 pm.  I drove home and, as I parked, Val called me.

Her car had overheated and died on the side of the highway.

I turned around and drove back the way we had come, Carter and Aiden sleeping in the back seat.

city-night-street-car

I called for a tow truck.  We followed the guy to a repair shop and, eventually, made it home around 11:30.  It was a long night with little sleep. I went to work this morning waiting to hear from the mechanic.  He called in the afternoon and said he hadn’t looked at the car yet, that it would be first thing tomorrow.

So here I am, writing this post and thinking about how in the world we’ll replace a car, if needed.

As I dressed for work this morning, a Bible verse came to me. In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians he tells them to pray without ceasing.  Those three words kept cycling through my head.  Pray without ceasing.

Pray without ceasing.

Val and I talked about it.  Our walk with God is valuable and will not happen as a free pass.  There will be tests, a refining process that does one of two things: pull you closer or push you away.

You have a choice.

As for me and my family, we will pray without ceasing. We will follow God.

Don’t give up.  When the night is dark, when the car dies, when the resources fall through, don’t give up. Keep fighting.

His grace is enough. He will break through the veil and impact your world.  I’ve seen in happen in my life and the lives of others. Turn suffering and struggle around and use it as a magnet for your faith. You’ll be amazed at what can, and will, happen.

~Matt

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