Sunday

PUSH! - Pray Until Something Happens

PUSH! 

Breathe 

PUUUSH! 

Breathe
 
PUUUUUUUUUUUUUSH!  

Breathe 

PUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSH! 
 
Don’t breathe.
   
PUSH AGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIN! 

And the cry pierces the air. 

A collective breath is released.
Tears of joy fall like rain on dry, dry ground,

And so is prayer. 
 
It is not passive.  Oh no.
It is the hardest work we will ever do. 
 
We are called to labor in prayer. 

 Wrestle in prayer.  
  
When Jesus prayed, He sweat great drops of blood.

It is not for the strong.

It is for the fainthearted.

“And He spoke a parable that men ought to pray always and not lose heart.”

And the easily discouraged.

"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray."

It is for the weak. 
 
Oh Lord, I am so weak. 
 
“My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

It is for the frightened
.
Lord, I get scared sometimes
.
“Be anxious for nothing. . .“

But the stakes are so high.

“But in everything, through prayer and supplication . . .”

And the enemy is so strong.

“We wrestle not against flesh and blood. . .”

And I feel so alone.

“Fear not, for I am with you. . . “

How long, Lord?

"Pray without ceasing."

And then?

“A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world”  (John 16:21).

Pray until something happens.

PUSH.







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19 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:57 AM

    You expressed PRAY most excellently.

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  2. Great job, Lori! Love it! :D

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  3. This is a great post! I am just stopping by from the Monday's Musing blog hop and wanted to say hi.

    www.adventureswithcaptaindestructo.com

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting. Melissa -- God bless!

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  4. I love this analogy!

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    1. Anyone who's ever labored understands! May we PUSH equally fervently in our prayers. Thanks so much for visiting :)

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  5. LOVE these words. Thanks for sharing!
    Much Love!
    L
    allglorious-within.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh I love this analogy!!

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  7. Lori, I love to read about prayer as well as learn to pray more fervently. I loved your analogy of pushing in the way of having a baby.

    I think you made a comment on Bible Love Notes about how you were unoriginal (or something like that)...well, that sure is not true!! This post is very original and I will remember to 'push' when praying.

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  8. Oops!! I hit publish too fast...it is late!!

    It was so sweet of you to link up over at Haven of Rest. Thanks!!

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  9. I've heard PUSH so many times but never in connection with labor! It's a great analogy!

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    1. Thanks again for linking up with WIP Wednesday!

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  10. Visiting from Faith Filled Friday - yes, this is so true! Prayer is very hard work - your analogy to the labor process was very insightful. Thanks!

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  11. awesomely written...made the message really hit home.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. May God be glorified through our faith!

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  12. Sometimes it gets so hard! But realizing that He knows All is such a comfort. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    1. You're not kidding, Betty, but faith allows us to trust that it will be worth it all when we receive the object of our faith -- the salvation our souls. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  13. I love this- yes, esp. how you ended with John 16:21. Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. It really does remind us that when we've ended the faith walk here on earth, the rewards in heaven will make us forget the pain, doesn't it? Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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