Why pray?

“But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”- David, 2Samuel 12:23

There aren’t many things more tragic than the death of a child.

We had adopted BabyGirl into our hearts. We prayed for this infant barely a day old and according to her Mom’s physicians, doomed to die upon her entrance into the world. She didn’t die right away, and this gave many reason to hope for a glimpse of the miraculous. We prayed boldly. Her parents- not necessarily believers grabbed hold of a prayer quilt that you (people of HoPE) gave to them, braced themselves and hoped against hope.

Ruth brought to us BabyGirl’s story when she asked us to pray for her coworker. This mom’s vast grief might abate over time, but we guess that for now must be made more intense because ,as Ruth shared, there were two other women at the office who were pregnant at the same time as she was. They each now hold in their arms a healthy baby girl with a big bow strapped to their bald head. Ruth showed me pictures of herself holding each one.

Snapshots of exuberant joy over new life in the backdrop of indescribable loss make us very aware of how fragile and mysterious life is.

How do we pray for a life to be spared in the backdrop of our mortality?

While David’s circumstances differ from this particular situation, the story of his loss in 2Samuel 12:14-31 does give us an insight about prayer itself: it humbles us, inviting us to follow God in the dark.

The fact that David washed his face, had dinner, went to console his wife and had sex with her, had more children is not a primer on how to grieve or not grieve . While we are not given much in regards to his interior life’s struggle at that moment of deep loss, David’s actions show his going on with his life, conveying acceptance with the way things turned out despite his most fervent prayers.

Why pray as a community of believers when there is no guarantee that we will always see the miracle we seek with our own eyes,right away? Why learn about prayer?

Becoming good at praying doesn’t prepare us for how to get yes answers from the Lord. Becoming good at praying prepares us to answer “yes,Lord”-no matter what, even when things don’t turn out the way we had wished. Prayer prepares us to “see” God,even beyond our tears.

“Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,
that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead,or engraved in rock forever! I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed,yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” -Job,Book of Job 19:22-25.

Sabine About Sabine

Sabine coined the midweek prayer gathering as "House of Prayer Experience" with the objective of facilitating a welcoming community of believers who are empowered to be agents of hope for Christ through a lifestyle of prayer. Sabine enjoys serving alongside dedicated church leaders to plan the weekly HoPE. She has a passion to inspire,coach and advise ministry and prayer leaders on how to build a HoPE within their own congregations or homes.

Comments

  1. Sabine Sabine says:

    Dear Jo Ann, it’s a struggle to remember this sometimes, especially when the ones we love so much are afflicted. Thanks so much for your comment! Reminds me of Psalm 77:19-“Your path led through the sea,your way through the mighty waters,though your footprints were not seen.” God bless you a lot.

  2. jo Ann Roth says:

    This touched my heart. It is hard sometimes to accept that there will be no miracle BUT there really is and the miracle is the blessed love, comfort and peace to accept God’s will for our lives. It is a stuggle some days but God is always there.

  3. The HoPE Team says:

    You’re very welcome, Victoria! ( hey everyone, Priscilla is one of our HoPE leaders and a liaison to Prayer and Square, the ministry that provided a comforting baby quilt for an anxious family). Blessed Sabbath!

  4. Victoria says:

    Thank you House of Prayer team for an update on BabyGirl and all who love her and her family. Thank you Priscilla for your words to remind, affirm and support all who say, “yes LORD.” And continue living the abundant life he promises by resting in His will.

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