Paul encourages us, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). As a Hebrew, Paul would have been grammatically inclined to place the most important idea at the end of the sentence. Paul is essentially saying that when we persist in prayer, we will not only be steadfast during the tough times, but we will also rejoice in hope.
Paul is not talking about temporary optimism or positive thinking. He is saying that persistent prayer leads to a truly optimistic, hope-filled outlook on life. Prayer puts things in an eternal perspective. Through prayer, the Holy Spirit can show us how God views our circumstances so that we do not persist in our faulty, pessimistic attitudes. Only through an ongoing fellowship with God can we find the joy of Biblical hope.
Biblical hope comes from knowing who we are in Christ and that we belong to Him. Biblical hope comes from the absolute confidence and trust that God has our best interests at heart. When we are filled with Biblical hope, we wake up each morning with enthusiasm, eager to see how God is going to meet our needs, walk with us that day, and use us mightily for Him. That’s why I pray for someone this week as you put your hope in the Lord. The bible says it’s written (Proverbs 23:18 KJV) for surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off in the name of Jesus Christ (Amen)
Have a blissful productive new week with divine encounter in the name of Jesus Christ (Amen)
#Shalom #GV Prophetic Voice
Funsho Daniel, Lead Pastor (GVPVTM)
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