Reflection from the field â€“ never give up, keep praying!
â€śI am happy to serve our Lord through the ministry in Brazil for more than five years. During this time, we have faced and overcome many challenges and obstacles.
I have had the opportunity to witness Godâ€™s action in each situation faced. I confess there were times when the adversity seemed that it would stop me, or it would make me give up.
One of the most memorable experiences we had was in April a few years ago. We faced a situation so adverse that we didnâ€™t know what to do.
The preoccupation and fear were real, and they occupied our emotions. We joined in prayer â€” not only in our daily devotional, but also in our department â€” crying out to the Lord for a solution. The more we prayed, the more we were challenged to keep praying and persevering. We didnâ€™t give up.
Even before contrary circumstances and with our human limitations, there was deep inside of us the hope that the Lord would give us victory. How faithful is our God! He heard our prayers, our cries, and He gave us the solution. Once again His name was glorified among us. â€śThe prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.â€ť James 5:16
So never give up! Persist, presenting your causes to the Lord through prayer, even if they seem impossible for you. Turn your eyes upon Jesus and not on circumstances, people, or yourself. God always listens to and answers all your prayers, but in His time and in His way. He has reserved the best for each one of us.
â€śThen Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.â€ť Luke 18:1
Prayer: Dear Lord, in Jesusâ€™ name we ask You to strengthen us each day and help us to be persistent in our prayers, that weâ€™ll never give up the fight for the Lordâ€™s cause. We trust that You will act in due time and according to Your will. Amen.
By Regina Silva, Compassion Brazil