7.31.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: The Weapon of Hope


PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I started reading a new book this morning.
It’s called “Warfare Praying,” by Mark Bubeck and I bought it at She Speaks.
It’s interesting because I don’t normally buy books at She Speaks.
My to-be-read list is pretty long so there isn’t a shortage and I usually don’t want to carry the books around until I can get back to the room.
I even put this book back down when I was at the book store, with the intent to walk away, but I felt very lead to get it.
The next day, I attended a session and learned that the presenter was the author’s daughter.
She told us of her dad’s experience in writing the book, and I was so grateful that I’d gotten it.
I can’t speak too much about it at this point since I’ve only read the introduction, but I want to share this passage: “Hope and courage are vital words in spiritual warfare. Courage is not only necessary in facing our relentless foe, but it is also the believer’s purchased possession” (Introduction, page 18).
That is a truth that I easily forget.
I’m very aware of the spiritual war around us, and I’ve shared in the past that I’ve been under spiritual attack.
The enemy already got a jab in this morning.
But I have the weapons of hope and courage with which to fight and so do you.
We’ll visit courage tomorrow, but let’s talk about hope today.
Romans 13:15 ESV says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Our God is timeless, proven trustworthy, and in Him—it’s safe to place our hope.
Even in the worst of trials or spiritual attacks we can depend on His strength.
Psalm 46:1 ESV says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Because He is our refuge and strength, it is safe to place our hope in Him.
He is reliable, just, loving, and merciful.
His great attributes give us justification in using hope as a weapon in our prayer life and spiritual battles.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being worthy of our hope.
Thank Him for being timeless and trustworthy.
Ask the Holy Spirit to equip you with the hope you need as you pray.

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