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Most, if not all of us, have experienced the loss of confidence at some point. Confidence often fades after a serious disappointment, a series of failures or a bout with doubt and insecurity.
Sometimes we lose our confidence in prayer. We wonder if God is listening and if He will answer us when we pray. This crisis of confidence can cause us to stop praying, and sometimes to allow distance to develop in our relationship with God.
It helps to be reminded that prayer does make a difference. Even when we can’t see immediate answers, it’s always better to pray and trust that God hears and answers in His time and way, than it is to become a prayer “drop out.”
During a very tough time in Israel’s history, God’s people learned the power of persistent prayer, even when it seemed like God wasn’t listening or answering. As the Hebrews faced the pain of Egyptian slavery they continued to cry out to God. Look at the following verses that show us their dedication to prayer:
Exodus 2:23, 24 (NIV) “During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning…”
Exodus 3:9 (NIV) “And now the cry of the Israelites has reached Me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.”
Instead of giving up on prayer, the Israelites pressed into prayer with greater passion and commitment. They didn’t let the delay in God’s answer rob them of their confidence in the power of prayer. And eventually, their answer came.
What about you? Have you lost confidence in prayer? If so, it’s time for a revival of confidence. If God heard the prayers of the Israelites and answered them, He’s also listening to you! Keep praying. An answer is on the way!