“Years ago I received a letter from a friend . . . He wrote, ‘I recently got some great news. My sister . . . gave up drinking, joined AA, and got saved. She now has a relationship with Christ. . . All this after years of pain using alcohol. I had prayed for her for years and had almost given up hope; however, that apparently would have been foolish of me. God takes care of things according to His will and timetable, which of course are perfect anyway. At any rate, I praise Him for delivering my sister from bondage. God continues to be so good.’ “ Moments for Families With Prodigals by Robert J. Morgan (Taken from Moment Sixty-six)
What a great reminder for us to not give in to despair but to keep praying — trusting God’s will and timetable. You may be discouraged, too, after praying for so many years, not seeing any answer. Things may seem to just keep getting worse. You wonder what good are your prayers doing?
I encourage you to hold on to God’s promises: “The Lord is . . . not willing that any should perish but that ALL should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
We don’t understand. We grow weary. Faith weakens. However, I believe our prayers will even outlive us! Though we may never see the answer in our lifetime, it doesn’t mean the answer won’t come! Ruth Graham, Billy Graham’s wife, said this. What a profound thought to ponder.
It has been reported that George Mueller (known for being a man of prayer and great faith – trusting God to provide for many orphans in his care through prayer alone, never telling anyone of their needs) prayed for over 63 years for a certain man to have a relationship with Christ. His prayers were still not answered when Mueller died . . . but this man surrendered to Christ at his funeral!
It’s not over until it’s over . . . until the fat lady sings . . . and she ain’t sung yet!!!! The photo of this gorgeous butterfly (which I actually saw) reminds me that it was once an ugly caterpillar, then an even uglier cocoon until . . . at the right time . . .
So, as long as your child is still breathing, there is hope! The beauty of a new life is just waiting to burst forth!!!