Even though we may have an active prayer life, there are times when we will face difficulties. The difficulties may be so great or so consistent that it seems like God isn’t even there. Hard times is something that we are absolutely guaranteed to have in life and there is no way to escape it. The good news though is that if God will allow you to face it, he will allow you to get through it.
I have a friend that I knew for a little over ten years, name Jesse. For most of his life he seemed very blessed. He excelled in everything that he tried to do and quickly climbed the ranks at the law firm that he worked at.
Though it took him 32 years to build his life to be the way that he always envisioned, everything seemed to come crashing down almost overnight.
One day he came home from a long, hard day at the office but instead of being greeted by his lovely wife, he was greeted with divorce papers and a note. Day after day, he prayed that she would understand that he worked those long hours away from home for them and that she would have a change of heart.
At the same time, he was mourning the death of his aunt that passed away a couple weeks ago. She was like the staple of the family, the one that held everyone together.
The more things went bad, the harder he prayed but eventually it seemed as if he were praying to a God that couldn’t hear. It seemed as if none of his prayers were being answered. The strong, cheerful, and confident friend that I once knew had sunk into a deep depression.
He no longer had the joy and the ambition that used to be easily seen in him. I encouraged him to not give up and to keep pressing. I reminded him that Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. That the battle with his wife was one that could only be won in the spiritual realm-with prayer and fasting.
Though he nearly lost his mind, he mustered up the strength to keep going. A little bit at a time, day by day.
Today (three years later) he is doing better than ever. He opened his own law firm, his marriage was reconciled, and many other blessings. It seems as if the things that he prayed for were being stored up and that blessings were raining down on him.
There will be times when it seems like nothing is going right and that God doesn’t hear you but I can assure you that he will never leave you. Keep praying and never stop believing and one day, you will see your blessings.
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