praying without ceasing I am happy to serve our Lord through the ministry in Brazil for more than five years. During this time, we have faced and overcome many challenges and obstacles.

I have had the opportunity to witness God’s action in each situation faced. I confess there were times when the adversity seemed that it would stop me, or it would make me give up.

One of the most recent experiences we had was in April 2011. We faced a situation so adverse that we didn’t know what to do.

The preoccupation and fear were real, and they occupied our emotions. We joined in prayer — not only in our daily devotional, but also in our department — crying out to the Lord for a solution. The more we prayed, the more we were challenged to keep praying and persevering. We didn’t give up.

praying without ceasing

Even before contrary circumstances and with our human limitations, there was deeply inside of us the hope that the Lord would give us victory. How faithful is our God! He heard our prayers, our cries, and He gave us the solution. Once again His name was glorified among us. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

So never give up! Persist, presenting your causes to the Lord through prayer, even if they seem impossible for you. Turn your eyes upon Jesus and not on circumstances, people, or yourself. God always listens to and answers all your prayers, but in His time and in His way. He has reserved the best for each one of us.

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. —Luke 18:1, NIV

Prayer: Dear Lord, in Jesus’ name we ask You to strengthen us each day and help us to be persistent in our prayers, that we’ll never give up the fight for the Lord’s cause. We trust that You will act in due time and according to Your will. Amen.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Regina Silva is an accountant in our Brazilian office.

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  1. Mar 16, 2012
    at 12:47 pm

    I would like to share this devotional with my Compassion children to show that God answers prayers. Is there something you would like me to include with it (like it is from the Compassion US blog or something)?

    • Jacquie Parella
      Mar 16, 2012
      at 5:04 pm

      How did you want to share it with them? Just as long as they don’t think you wrote it you should be fine. If you print it off of the blog you don’t need to say anything. If you present it another way just let them know it was written by someone who works for Compassion. You can use Isaac’s name but you don’t have to.

      • Mar 16, 2012
        at 5:08 pm

        I was thinking of copying the writing into a document (so it would not use so much ink) and including that Regina who works for Compassion wrote it. I just wanted to make sure I did it how you wanted. Thank you :)

  2. Renae
    Mar 16, 2012
    at 8:12 pm

    So true god even hears and answers the smallest of prayers the other night we had some visitors and I prayed prior to them coming that we would enter into a conversation about Jesus and what church is really meant to be. during our meal we talked more about him and his church more then any other topic. It was fruitful night!

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