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Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)

TITLE: Buried Prayers
By Richard Hicks


Matthew 7:7 (NLT) Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

How many of us have lost sight of our dreams and visions? What about those things we once prayed so strongly about? Many years have passed and those prayers never seemed to receive an answer. I can hear the Holy Spirit say, "Revive a lost cry, dear one, for the Father has not forgotten your tears. He is waiting to answer those prayers from long ago. The Father wants you to cry out again for those things that once stirred in you like a burning passion. He is wanting you to pray through where you have slacked off, and not lose hope."

Thirty years ago, I can remember praying for the salvation of my family. I have not yet seen an answer to my plea. My heart's desire was for them to appreciate all of God's blessings. I sense the Holy Spirit prodding me to rekindle that flame. God tugged at my heart to start praying again for my family members. Each one of God's children has a special purpose. It may have been buried, but I have learned to listen to those nudges from God. Maybe God is wanting to bring a lost talent out of you, or have you pray for a family member's salvation. Listen to God's voice as He nudges you on His behalf.

He desires us to be persistent in bringing all our prayers to His throne everyday, and to trust Him in everything. He not only wants us to pray for our needs, but the needs of others. They are just as important to Him as they are to us. He will urge our spirits to revive those buried prayers that we may have forgotten about. God delights in our prayers. He can, and will move on your behalf to answer your heart's cry.

Father in Heaven, I ask You to remind me of those things I once prayed about. Remind me of those lost prayers I prayed long ago. Give me the strength to keep praying for those things that were important to me. You have never given up on me, and I thank You for that. You have been persistently nudging me with Your love and grace. I know You want me to keep praying, and not give up. Then you will hear me when I call for help. I ask you to step onto the scene of those buried prayers. In Jesus' name, I ask and humbly pray, Amen.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/01/13
I truly enjoyed this insightful devotion. From the beginning where you quoted the book of Matthew until the very end where you prayed from your heart, I found myself mesmerized by your words. You did a great job with this piece. Keep writing I'm eager to see more of your work.
C D Swanson 02/02/13
Good job with this lovely devotional. Thank you.
God bless~
Allison Egley 02/03/13
This is good, and there are some great reminders in here. Nice job.
lynn gipson 02/03/13
Very, very nice devotional here.Thanks for reminding me of what is really important and to keep praying for answers.

Very well done. I really enjoyed reading this
Margaret Kearley 02/04/13
Thank you so much for this wonderful reminder and prompt to continue praying, listening and responding to the Spirit of God. A lovely devotional and I think your title is spot-on! Thank you again.
Cheryl Harrison02/04/13
I enjoyed your entry. Prayer... the most neglected weapon God has given us. Isn't wonderful that he continually reminds us to use it? Good job!
Myrna Noyes02/05/13
AMEN!! This piece really spoke to me with its message to "keep on praying and never give up"!

I was especially blessed by the following: " I can hear the Holy Spirit say, "Revive a lost cry, dear one, for the Father has not forgotten your tears. He is waiting to answer those prayers from long ago. The Father wants you to cry out again for those things that once stirred in you like a burning passion."

I, too, am praying for family members, and I don't want to give up until they are saved, healed, delivered, and transformed by Christ!

Thank you for this encouraging, challenging call to faithful prayer!
Bea Edwards 02/06/13
Keep praying YES-- thank you for this well written reminder!
Loren T. Lowery02/06/13
Your devotional is a great reminder to never lose faith - be persistent and believe. Your prayers will now be joined by others that God's will for you and your loved ones come to pass.
Alicia Renkema02/06/13
I have always loved this verse in Matthew 7:7 because it speaks to the fact that our wonderful God wants us to keep in continual communication with Him as well as the fact that He desires to answer prayer. This devotional really touched me because these last 2 years I have really tired of praying for the "things of old" that have yet to come to pass. These things are really important to me but I have allowed them to collect cobwebs because of my impatience. Thank you for the important reminder that God always cares and needs us to care too so that we can be conduits of His love and power through prayer. It is amazing that God chooses to use us to bring His will into being, but since He does, we need to remain faithful. This was a beautifully written devotional.
Alicia Renkema02/06/13
By the way, the version you used here, the NLT, correctly translates this verse from the Greek. We are not just supposed to "pray, ask and knock" once or even multiple times. We are supposed to continually do these things; "Keep praying, keep asking, and keep knocking which is not how most versions render this verse. This only makes this verse even more perfect for the topic!
Judith Gayle Smith02/07/13

Thank you for touching our hearts for God's purposes . . .