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SATURDAY, November 19 ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Princess, 1231
James 5:15-16 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.
Being faithful in prayer is difficult. Some days, I genuinely feel heard by the Holy Spirit. I get the sense that the Spirit is present in my struggle and will give me the solution I need, if not always the solution I want. Those are gratifying experiences in prayer. But I’d be lying if I said they are the only experiences I have. Other days, my prayers feel ineffectual and constrained by my feelings of exhaustion. Despite the fact that I know better, I begin to suspect no one is listening.
During these times, when prayer seems laborious, we need the church community to help do the work of prayer. We must live amongst our fellow Christians openly and honestly, making and hearing confessions and offering up intercessions for one another.
MOVING FORWARD: Are you at a stagnant place in your prayer life? Call on others to lift you up during these difficult days.