When Prayers Outlive You—Grace & Truth Link-Up


On Your List a Long Time

Do you have something you’ve been asking from God for a very long time?

It’s likely we all do.

Sometimes we quit asking when we don’t see answers. But God’s patience outlasts ours. 

The prayers we once asked are never forgotten by God.

Our prayers don’t have expiration dates.

I’ve seen prayers answered this week that had been prayed for years. I can’t explain the timing now. But I recognize God’s fingerprints on the gift.

And I’m so grateful.

Even though there are some prayers we may never see answered in our lifetime, God still has them on file, in the forefront of his mind, waiting for his perfect timing.

I don’t understand how it works. I don’t understand how he works. Or when or where or why.

But I know that God does move. Sometimes at our invitation in the moment. We see the answer and cross the request off our list.

And other times God answers at our invitation from years ago. The request can remain even long after we’re gone.

Moral of the story: Keep making requests. 

Your prayers can outlive you. 

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Our featured post this week is one you might relate to. Bev Rihtarchik wrote “Deathless Prayers” about praying for a stray child.

“His amazing strength is able to pursue my children long after my own is gone. Because of His faithfulness, the prayers I’ve placed before my Father’s throne will still be there, waiting to be answered in His perfect will and His perfect way.”

She quotes E.M. Bounds, “Prayers are deathless….Prayers outlive the lives of those that uttered them.”

I’m glad prayers are deathless.

Read all of Bev’s post here at her blog, Walking Well With God.

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15 thoughts on “When Prayers Outlive You—Grace & Truth Link-Up

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Laurie. Sometimes I can wonder if God hears my requests, so I like to remind myself that he’s listening, even if I don’t see the answer, so I will continue to pray.

  1. Linda Stoll

    Lisa, this is a gentle reminder about the unknown awesomeness of the heart of God and His plans for us. We’ll never begin to know til heaven all the details of the hows and whens and whys.

    And then I’m guessing we won’t care because we’ll be caught up in the awesomeness of worshiping Him.

    Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I know, right? Sometimes I think I’ll have this long list of questions for God when I get to heaven, but I doubt any of them will seem important anymore once I’m face to face with him. 🙂 Thanks, Linda!

  2. Calvonia Radford

    I have been praying some prayers of salvation and deliverance for years. I have not lost hope. I know God is able and I know my prayers did not fall on deaf ears. I rejoice with you today. Hopefully soon, we can rejoice together over my answered prayers.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I join you right now, Calvonia, in praying for salvation and deliverance for those in your circle that you have been faithfully bringing to the Father. I admire those like you who stay persistent and don’t give up. Thanks for sharing this and hopefully we will rejoice together one day over those answered prayers!

  3. Ginger Harrington

    This post reminds me that when we pray we enter an eternal conversation. Our minds are so tied to time. Shifting our focus to God’s timing is a powerful reminder when we pray and answers seem a long time coming.

  4. LisaNotes Post author

    “an eternal conversation” – Yes! I love that, Ginger. It’s so hard for us to break free of time. I look forward to being free from it once and for all in the hereafter.

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