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3 False conclusions about unanswered prayer

June 15th, 2015 by Maureen

How long must I cry out for help? But you, God, do not listen. Hab. 1:2

Prayer is supposed to be an unburdening but drawing false conclusions about unanswered prayers adds unnecessary weight instead.

False conclusion 1: God’s Big Plan trumps our little need and we are just cogs in His cosmic wheel. This conclusion adds insecurity and doubt to the burden we already carry.

False conclusion 2: Our prayers, our lifestyle, or our faith is not good enough to deserve an answer. This conclusion puts responsibility for the continuance of the need on us.  As a bonus we also get to carry the added weight of rejection and failure to measure up.

False conclusion 3: If “prayer warriors” don’t struggle against the forces of darkness, the enemy wins. This conclusion reduces the cross to a first strike rather than a conclusive victory against evil. Faith in the power of Christ is what makes prayer powerful.

Lord, I trust You. I know You care about this more than I do. I leave it with You. When I  pray about this again it will weigh less because You carry it instead of me.

Just faith

October 15th, 2011 by Maureen

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Hab. 2:4

We trust that through our faith in Christ’s sacrifice for us justice has been done concerning us. The faith that justifies us also teaches us what it means to live just lives.  His word instructs, His Spirit inspires, and the redemptive justice He demonstrates through Christ informs the way we view justice and the choices we make to behave justly.

Lord, help me to be redemptively just.