I have a friend who keeps a prayer journal, and she marks off each answered prayer as the Lord responds. Not like it’s a wish-list that the Lord fulfills, but as a memorial to him to see his work in her life and the lives of others. Her testimony of his power is an impressionable witness. I think the Lord always wants us to remember what he has done, and to tell people about him and his work.
He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ Joshua 4:21-22.
Some prayers are answered immediately. Some prayers are the hope-link during a trying time. I think of families I know who face draining circumstances … my own troubles shame me in that light.
Since ancient times … no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him …
Prayers that humble and plead, that seek and find, prayers that rise up from the depths of a human heart and have since ancient times–we can find hope, both the righteous and the sinner.
You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? Isaiah 64:4-5
The God who found the how to part waters and defeat armies and grow kingdoms … and answer shaky, whispered prayers … he made the way to save all who call on his name.
Sweet, sweet Jesus.
If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. Psalm 130:3-4
I don’t have a prayer journal, but the pages of my life are inked in his blood.
He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God. Joshua 4:24
And I offer up shaky, whispered prayers and thanks.