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What Makes Prayer So Difficult. And Why We Keep at It

Now, do not ask me what form this takes, as two members of the Trinity address the Third on behalf of anything! Heavenly intercession is mind-boggling.

But wait—

What about the Father? Is He hostile to us and has to be convinced to act on our behalf, to hear those weak babyish prayers we sent up? Verse 31 gives us the answer. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Get that? God is for us. God the Father is on our side, too..

(Note: The “if” in “If God be for us” in context means “since.” The first 30 verses of Romans 8 has established that God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are working together for us. So, verse 31 draws it all together and says, “What are we to say to that? Well, SINCE God is for us, who can be against us?” The answer of course is that many people may be against us, but it doesn’t matter if the Triune God is for us. And man, is He ever!)

Is God for us? Smile, sinner. You hit the jackpot this time. “He who did not spare His own Son, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

So, we come to the Father in prayer.

When you get to Heaven, you will be amazed at what your prayers accomplished.

You will—if you keep praying.

Let us pray. And pray and pray and pray some more.

Let us encourage one another to pray. Let us make the Lord’s house a house of prayer for all the nations. And let us be a people of prayer.

For Jesus’ sake. In Jesus’ name. By Jesus’ blood. Amen.

This article originally appeared here.

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Joe McKeever has been a preacher for nearly 60 years, a pastor for 42 years, and a cartoonist/writer for Christian publications all his adult life. He lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.