By Anne Graham Lotz | First Published: May 26, 2016
On April 9, I stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and surveyed the small crowd facing me. The wind had picked up, the temperature had dropped to the mid-20s and it was raining sheets. As I looked down the reflecting pool toward the Washington Monument in the distance, the rain turned to snow. It was miserable.
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The people before me had come to cry out to God for His mercy, as they prayed and repented of our nation’s sin. The organizers had expected 30,000 people. But like Gideon’s army, God had reduced the number to 300—at the most. They were old and young. Male and female. Standing. Under flimsy, multi-colored umbrellas. And they continued to stand, and to sing, and to listen, and to pray.
My thoughts turned to Ezra in Nehemiah 10. He had led his people in repentance of their sin, which had led to national revival. The interesting similarity between the people gathered in the temple square in Jerusalem and those gathered on the Mall in D.C. was that in both situations, it was pouring rain. And God seemed to whisper to me …
Your Prayers Are Timely
Your Prayers Are Tested
Your Prayers Are Triumphant
Weights that offer resistance as we physically exercise can increase our muscle strength and tone. In much the same way, God may allow our prayers to be resisted. By His silence. Stillness. Circumstances that go from bad to worse. He is strengthening our faith. Sharpening our focus. Purifying our motivation. So don’t give up. I know your prayers are timely. They may be tested. Press into God until they are also triumphant. Heaven is listening, and Heaven is applauding. ©2016 Anne Graham Lotz