When I shared a deep prayer burden with an older Christian friend today, I had no idea that she had walked a similar path to mine several years ago. After listening to me for a while, she related some of her own experiences. She told me about the desperation, heartache, and weariness she felt over a situation she could not control. And it went on year after year after year. As she confided in me, I realized that she understood exactly what I was feeling.
But my friend offered me more than just empathy—she offered me hope! Because not only had she experienced something similar to what I had—God had answered her prayer! Her story was a God story and it had a happy ending!
The answer didn’t come without a lot of tears and agonizing, though. My friend told me that she prayed about her particular situation every day for 13 years! Like the Canaanite woman who wouldn’t give up until Jesus at least gave her some crumbs (see Matthew 15:21-28), my friend pleaded with God until He answered her.
I don’t like how long it took for God to answer her prayer, but I am deeply encouraged by the fact that He did answer her prayer. The situation I am praying about Is not impossible. God has done it before. He can do it again.
That short talk with my friend did wonders to build my faith. It made me realize just how important it is for us to tell others about the ways God acts in answer to our prayers—especially people younger than we are. As Psalm 78:4 says, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.”
Who do you know who would be encouraged by a story of how God answered your prayer? Will you share “the wonders he has done” with them? It may be just what they need to keep them from giving up and help them to persevere.