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Hope and Prayer
by Shandha Woodard
06/08/10
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Hope and Prayer (do the two go together?)

A good friend and I were talking when the subject of hope and prayer came up. My good friend is adamant that whenever we pray we shouldn’t include the word hope. Well this kind of puzzled me.

First, I want to examine what the NIV Bible defines the words of hope and prayer to be. Hope is the anticipation (looking forward to) of something good and prayer is having a conversation with God. Now if we put the two words together doesn’t it mean that we’re just talking to God with the anticipation of something good (after all who prays about the anticipation of something bad?).

Since we’ve merged those two words let’s take a closer look at a few verses but instead of using the word hope let’s replace it with its meaning. Why are you so downcast, O soul of mine? Why so disturbed within me? Put your anticipation of something good in God for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God (Psalms 42:11 NIV); Through Him we believe in God who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him so that our faith with the anticipation of something good are in God (1 Peter 1:21 NIV) & For you’ve been my anticipation of something good oh Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth (Psalms 71:5).

Now after reading those few verses I would have to say that hope and prayer do have something to do with each other. To what degree I guess that all boils down to whom you’re talking to and how they feel about the word hope.

P.S. three things pleasing to God: Prayer, Hope and Faith or in other words talking to God with the anticipation of something good because of your belief and trust in Him.

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