9.4.17 Prayer Prompt: From Nevermore to Forevermore

PRAYER PROMPT ••• As much as I love to read, with a few exceptions, I’m not a fan of poetry. 

But from my short list of exceptions, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is my favorite. 

Arguably Poe’s most famous work, most of us are familiar with the depressing “Nevermore,” the raven says over and over as the narrator speculates on his grief of Lenore and grows more and more agitated by despair. 

It’s a dark poem, without hope, but beautifully written. 

The narrator questions whether he will ever see his beloved (and recently deceased) Lenore again, while the raven cruelly and blithely utters, “Nevermore.” 

Thank goodness this is only a poem. 

Thanks to Jesus and His victory over death, we can be promised a reunion with our loved ones who accepted His gift of salvation before they died. 

There is hope for “Forevermore!” when we know Christ as our Savior! 

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 says, “For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” 

What an amazing reunion that will be! 

While I’ve known and believed this truth for years (including my prodigal years), the closer I draw to God through prayer and daily Bible reading, the more I understand and appreciate the hope we are promised. 

(And FYI: Charles Stanley’s just released a new book on heaven; I can’t wait to read it!) 

For those who have accepted Christ, physical death is temporary. 

We have eternal life through His grace and mercy. 

Today, as you pray, if you are struggling with loss of a loved one, pray that God will give you peace and comfort. 

Pray for Him to show you His promises of hope and the “forevermore” that awaits!

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