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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Prayer Journal Revisited: Persevering in prayer
Here's another of my older posts concerning prayer. Perhaps this might be an encouragement to someone else today!
Persevering in prayer
Recently I’ve been working on preparing a “make-your-own-prayer-journal kit” for a going-away gift for a dear friend. She’s a relatively new believer and has peeked into my prayer journal a few times. She would love to have her own journal, so I thought such a kit might be a good idea as a gift. I’m including a decorated binder, card stock and paper cut to size, stickers, a hole punch, index tabs, a marker, a glue stick, etc., plus detailed instructions. I added a few of the verses and quotes I have on the covers of my own prayer journal to the cover of hers.
One of these is a verse of a poem... the last verse, as it turns out. The other day in preparing for my Sunday School lesson, I came across the entire poem (I think, anyway). I had jotted it down on a blank page in BECOMING A WOMAN OF PRAYER, by Cynthia Heald, when I did that study. The poem was such a good reminder to me of the importance of persevering in prayer. Here it is:
******************************************* For years I’ve prayed, and yet I see no change. The mountain stands exactly where it stood; The shadows that it casts are just as deep; The pathway to the summit e’en more steep. Shall I pray on?
Shall I pray on with ne’er a hopeful sign? Not only does the mountain still remain, But, while I watch to see it disappear, Becomes the more appalling year by year. Shall I pray on?
I shall pray on. Though distant as it seems, The answer may be almost at my door, Or just around the corner on its way, But whether near or far, yes, I shall pray -- I shall pray on.
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