HOPEHave you ever ended your evening prayers by silently thinking, "I sure prayed hard over this. I hope that it works!" Although God's Word talks a lot about hope, I don't believe this is the kind of hope He means. Webster defines hope as being "desire accompanied by expectation or belief in fulfillment." When we hope in this way, what a glory it is to God! What freedom and joy there is in expecting and believing that our prayers will be fulfilled. This kind of hope gives tremendous energy to our prayers. The book of Hebrews confirms this fact by saying that godly hope actually propels us into Christ's presence "behind the veil." "...we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil" There is power in true hope! Unlike wishful thinking, there is also stability and assurance, a combination which can send your spirit soaring into the very presence of God. Lay hold of God's way of hoping now. When you do, your life will never be the same.
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