Praying Through Hope

I love Romans 4:18 about Abraham, “Who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations…” How did he do that? Verse 19 says that he did not consider (ponder, think about) the impossibility of his and Sarah’s inability to bear children because of their old age. Verse 21 says that he was fully convinced that God was able. 

Verse 20 in the Amplified says, “No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith AS he gave praise and glory to God.” He kept his hope strong through praising the Lord, and proclaiming God’s glory through his impossible situation.

Our hope is eternal. Our circumstances are temporary and ever changing. Titus 1:2 says, “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” Jeremiah was in an impossible circumstance. His nation was in abject distress. He personally was feeling the effects. Verse 1 says, “I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.” The first 20 verses recorded his downward spiral into depression.

Verse 21 was his turning point. He brought hope back into his thoughts. It says, “This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope.” He recalled God’s mercy and His compassions, how they will not fail, and they were new every morning. Then he said what we can also say. “The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him!”

Psalm 42:5 says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Psalm 62:5 says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 71:5 says, “For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.”

I want to pick up Hebrews 11:3. It says that they died in hope. They saw the fulfillment of the promises afar off. Yet they did not waver. It says that they, “…were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” Their example is one of faith holding on through hope. 1 John 3:3 says that kind of hope purifies us.

Our hope is eternal and comes from the foundation of Jesus’ resurrection. 1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Hebrews 6:19 says, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.”

Romans 8:23-25 says, “…eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope…But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” All promises will be fulfilled because they were given by the Lord who cannot lie. We persevere through faith in His word, praying through the hope that is set before us. His word (promise) will not return to Him void.

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