Be Faithful in Prayer

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Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 22

I can’t believe that it is already October 22, it seems like this month has really flown by! Any one else feel like this month flew by?

Well right about now you are most likely enjoying Fall, with apples and pumpkin everything! These cooler nights and crisper mornings are a great treat after all of the hot and humid weather we’ve experienced here in Georgia.

Sorry that was completely off topic.. but here is today’s verse: Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

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This verse compliments what we talked about yesterday with the power of amen, attesting to God’s faithfulness.

Let’s break it down

Joyful in hope.

Google defines “hope” as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen, a feeling of trust, or wanting something to happen or be the case. 

So we should be happy, exuberant while we trust, expect and desire.

John Piper defines Christian joy as: “Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.

He further makes the distinction between a feeling and a thought saying that the Holy Spirit in us produced these feelings of joy that we can not control.

So to be joyful in hope is to live in the spirit to produce the fruit of joy while you remain expectant.

Patient in affliction.

Google defines “patient” as able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Another word for affliction is suffering. I’m seeing a relationship here.

We could also read this as:

Accept without being annoyed or anxious in times of suffering.

Godly patience is the act of faithfully waiting in peace.

This peace is only produced when you have faith.

Remember what the bible says about being anxious in Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Faithful in prayer.

 

In this context faithful means never give up. So never stop praying. We don’t just see this here in the bible it also is in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

How can we remain faithful in prayer?

Thankfulness accompanies faithfulness. To pray continually is to pray with thanksgiving and faithfulness. Where does this all come from? Let’s look at the verse before.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. -Romans 12:11

It starts with serving the Lord in spiritual fervor. (I love these word choices!) other words for fervor are enthusiasm and excitement. I was surprised to learn that because I always thought that it related to persistence. We are called to serve the Lord with enthusiasm and excitement.

We maintain spiritual fervor by remaining faithful and thankful.

This is a major reality check for me because I don’t always approach God or serve Him with enthusiasm and excitement.

Sometimes we approach God with shame and guilt. or apathy and indifference. or doubt.

I have a game for you. Take these words Joyful. Patient. Faithful. and mix them up in this verse:

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Be faithful in hope, joyful in affliction, patient in prayer. (still makes sense, right?) Go ahead and do it again if you’d like.

Daily Challenge:
I like this mix up and mash up idea. Let’s take the same words (patient. faithful. joyful) and interchange them in this verse:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
What did you notice from this?
How can you be more intentional about being joyful and thankful so you can be faithful?
Take a look at others versions of Romans 12:2

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (ESV)

constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength] (AMP)

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. (MSG)

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