Rejoice in hope; be patient in tribulation; be constant in prayer.  (Romans 12:12 ESV). How profound!  How simple!  Life’s complete instruction in one verse.

The dictionary defines hope as both a verb and a noun. You get to choose.  When we say “I hope so,” we use it as a verb.  This use is often substituted with “I am trying to believe.  I want to believe.  I think I believe.  

But when the resurrection of Jesus becomes a reality in our hearts and minds, we understand that hope is a noun, a sure possession.  As we anticipate Easter this week, we have the confidence that our Hope is Jesus, the Resurrected One.  He is our confidence, our assurance, our rejoicing. 

Hope is the key to an intimate, enduring, confident prayer life.

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.  (Hebrews 6:19 NLT).

He never leaves us on the sidelines, quivering through the conflicts of life.  We pray heart-to-heart with confidence in the precious love of God who longs to hear both words of praise and groanings of despair.

“When the point of entire reliance on the resurrection of Jesus is reached….we find all our questions have gone.”  Oswald Chambers

PRAY:  Oh God, I am so aware that all is shaking around us in the world.  Train my heart to rest in your hope.  You have risen from the grave; no death, no peril can hold you.  I offer praise.”

Bring the Good News today!  Pray by text, by email, by phone, in person. 

Always Expect Amazing,

Diane Strack