I had mentioned that we would be tackling the topic of humility today, but we’re not. There’s more to be done and said of prayer, so that’s what we will stick to for a bit.
I want us to read James 5 and camp out here for maybe the next few days. We are going to meditate on small bits of this passage at a time.
For today, our devotional comes from James 5:7-11
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient.
Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast.
You have heard of the steadfastness of Job,
and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.”
Having patience is necessary when we pray. Patience is the place where growth and transformation occurs.
We will always encounter things that happen outside of our control, and often we notice these things more when we begin to pray.
A drought or flood may go unnoticed to the farmer, if he hasn’t planted something in hopes of yielding a crop. But when we are praying for and expecting something to happen, and all these things keep getting in the way, it’s easy to get frustrated and fearful. Or, when it seems like nothing is happening at all, even more might we be tempted to doubt or impatience.
Consider that what you don’t see happening, is really the growth of deep roots, so that when your prayer is answered it can withstand.
Be patient. Stand firm. Do not grow weary.
It happens too, that we could start looking left and right at everyone else, envying or loathing others because it appears that they have it better than us. They don’t.
No matter what season they are in or why they are in it, it’s not for you to do anything but love them in it.
Anything less is only robbing yourself. It will diminish your faith and destroy your ability to receive God’s gifts (the ones He has specifically for you!) with a grateful heart.
Those who remain steadfast are blessed.
“Thank you, God, for trusting me with the breath for another day. I know that You have good plans for me. Help me to keep my mind set on my purpose and your promises today. Please forgive me for having doubt in my heart, and for wanting to do things my own way. I know that I should trust you and be patient; You’ve never let me down in the past. Please give me strength to be steadfast, when things happen today that are going to make me want to give up. You’ve been so good to me, and I don’t even deserve it! I know that you’re not done, yet. Let everything I think, say, and do bring You glory, Jesus! Amen.”
Love you, ladies!