THE PERSISTENCE OF PRAYER

Sacrificial Commitment
by Jimmy Skeen

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. – James 5:16

One of my favorite stories is found in 2 Kings 6:1-7. The sons of the prophets, or preacher boys, were in somewhat the same situation we are in today; they were out of room. They asked Elisha if they could go to the Jordan and cut down trees to build a place for themselves. They also asked that he come with them and he agreed.

While one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axe head fell into the water. He cried out, “Oh, my master, it was borrowed!” This man found himself in financial difficulty.

He had three choices. First, he could quit. His axe was gone so there is nothing left to do. Second, he could continue going through the motion of cutting down the tree, only making noise by striking the tree with an axe handle. Or, third, he could call on the one who could help, his master.

What do we do when we find ourselves in a situation that seems hopeless and insurmountable? Do we quit? Do we continue to go through the motions, making noise but gaining no results? Or do we call on the One who can make the difference, our Master?

Just as Elisha threw the stick into the water at the place where the axe head fell, causing it to float to the surface, we must follow the command “pick it up!” As the Lord leads us, we must be obedient and reach out and pick up what He provides.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You have given me perseverance under trial. I thank You for the promised reward of James 1:12, that You bless people who patiently endure testing. Help me to continue to stay faithful under the pressures of life.

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” – Oswald Chambers

Engage10K Request: Pray for our Connect Group teachers as they plan for the next lesson in the Engage10K curriculum. Ask God to give them insight and discernment as they prepare to teach their members tomorrow.