When my son Zak was about seven years old, he and I ran the 6.2 miles of the Gum Tree race in Tupelo. A portion of the course took us through a shaded neighborhood where the residents sat in their lawn chairs cheering us on.
“Looking good! Keep it up!”
It’s funny how a few words from someone can stir your heart to continue. That holds true for those neighbors on Clayton Street and I’ve found that it holds true for saints of old who’ve spoken to me through their writings.
19th century believer J.C. Ryle penned this helpful exhortation to folks like you and me who sometimes become weary from years of praying for those we love.
“Let us pray for all – the worst, the hardest, and the most unbelieving.
Let us continue praying for them year after year, in spite of their continued unbelief. God’s time of mercy may be a distant one.
Our eyes may not see an answer to our intercession. The answer may not come for ten, fifteen, or twenty years. It may not come until we have exchanged prayer for praise, and are far away from this world. But while we live, let us pray for others.
It is the greatest kindness we can do to any one, to speak for him to our Lord Jesus Christ.”
~J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Mark VII
Take comfort in the wonderful truth that God hears our every prayer and He will answer when He sees fit to do so. And He will answer in a way that’s best. We must trust in our all-wise Father. We trust and we keep praying.