Patient in Prayer

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of the prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-22 (NRSV)

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NRSV)

Ken Claar is from Idaho. When he was young, they lived two thousand miles from his paternal grandparents. Ken was able to see them only a couple of times in their lifetimes. They had little money, but every year his grandmother sent him a small present for Christmas and his birthday.

The "worst" present she ever sent Ken was a cloth bookmark with a tassel on the bottom. It had an embroidered picture of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, along with stylized flowers and the words May heaven's blessings be with you. For some reason Ken kept it, even though his parents and Ken were not Christians.

Ken found out later that his grandmother had prayed for him every day of his life. That made the bookmark one of his prized possessions. What patience, love, and strong faith she had - to pray every day for a little boy thousands of miles away whom she barely ever saw.

Ken believes it was her prayers and those of his grandfather that brought him to Christ. And her example convinced him of the value of patient prayer. It is easy to get tired of praying for a particular person or situation, and sometimes it doesn't seem to do any good. But God hears and will always answer with divine wisdom.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for those who faithfully and patiently pray for us. Grant us patience to pray persistently for others, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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