That Makes No Sense!
Do you find it difficult to make sense of life? Even the seasons here of late seem off-balance. Just a week ago, the weather was hot and still very much like Summer would never end but as we move into the last weeks of October it looks like Fall has really arrived with perhaps a reminder that Winter will be around the bend. You can tell the season is changing too with more than just the weather.
Last night, as I walked with Ezekiel, my Great Dane, I noticed that my neighborhood appears to be in celebration of fall with a touch of Halloween as evidenced in their decorating. Ezekiel eyed the bales of hay warily along with the scarecrows even though I reassured him that they were ok. But when we passed the house with the giant green monster and skeleton inflatables at their front door, even I couldn’t help him make sense of the festivity. Sometimes there are just things that are difficult to understand or that makes sense in the lives we lead.
Recently, there was a rather funny e-mail message that was entitled, “Things I Really Don’t Understand.” It had a list of questions for which there appears to be no clear answer. Questions such as:
- Why do doctors and lawyers call what they do practice?
- How did a fool and his money get together in the first place?
- Why is abbreviation such a long word?
- What was the best thing before sliced bread?
- Why is it when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
- Just why is it that a boxing ring is square?
Trying to Make Sense of the Senseless
There are many things in life that just don’t make sense or that we can’t comprehend. For example, disease and illness. Why are some people healthy and then suddenly become very ill? Accidents would be another thing that we often can’t make sense of. They are random as they come out of nowhere and are not expected, changing one’s life in a second. We could go on and on about all the things in life that just don’t make sense and that we don’t understand but frankly it won’t do us any good and rather than satisfy us with answers instead it often leaves a bitter taste in our mouth. What we really want in the discomfort of nonsense is the peace and faith that everything will be ok. This is where perseverant prayer comes in place.
Christ clearly tells us to not give up on our prayers. But persisting in prayer does not mean endless repetition or long prayer sessions. It simply means to keep our requests before God as we continue to live for Him day by day. It is the faith to keep going while knowing that He is in control and that He will answer even when life doesn’t make sense. When we live with this level of faith we don’t give in or give up. We may not make sense of the situations, but we can find peace through our faith knowing that God may not answer immediately, but His delays are always for a good reason.
One day Jesus told His disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.Luke 18:1 (NLT)
The Faith and Action of Perseverant Prayer
When we accept God fully in faith, we can continue to pray knowing that our persistence is an expression of our faith in Him. Through perseverant prayer, not only will our faith grow, but our character and hope as well, creating a sense of peace in our life. This can be difficult to do when life is falling apart, and we want immediate help. It is during these times we often ask, why God doesn’t do something. But we mustn’t allow our faith to die if the answer comes slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working His will in our life.
There is a story about a young black man who asked his minister just that question. Why do people have to suffer so much poverty, hardship, and oppression? “Why doesn’t God do something?” he cried. “He has,” the wise pastor said. “He has created you.” And so, Desmond Tutu, who became the Archbishop of South Africa, became the answer to his own question.
It is a lesson for us all. While we are waiting for God to bring about perfection and justice, it is up to us to be His hands and feet where we can. Through our perseverant prayer and actions, we take up our own cross and follow Christ. We can do this through faith because as a believer we know that God is present, always listening, and answering. He may not answer in the ways we hope, but in the ways, He knows is best. This is faith in action.
The Peace of Perseverant Prayer
Making sense of life in a true state will most likely never take place on earth. However, continuing to be persistent in knowing that God is present and listening helps us keep a prayerful attitude at all times as we acknowledge our dependence on Him realizing His presence in us. It is through this level of faith that peace descends.
Won’t you challenge yourself to not give up on prayers that align with God and never allow your faith to wavier because you don’t get an immediate answer or the answer you desire? Find your conviction to keep your faith strong knowing that God is always listening and always present. Be motivated to keep praying in faith for He will answer in time. Surround yourself in the comfort of peace knowing that He is with you always until the end of time.
Love in Christ,
Prayer does not need proof outside itself because its proofs are within. It is in the nature and function of man, like breathing, eating and drinking, and he practices it as part of his very being.Samuel Johnson
What are Your Thoughts?
Have you struggled to make sense of life? Do you practice perseverant prayer with full faith that God will answer? Share your thoughts on the peace found with perseverant prayer and an active faith that deepens your relationship with your creator.