Don’t Stop Praying – The Answer Is On The Way

“Cast your bread on the waters, for you shall find it after many days.” Ecclesiastes 11:1.

It’s hard to keep praying when no answers seem to be coming. It’s like going out to your mailbox every day, looking for a check your expecting, yet every day the mailbox is empty. Job had given up any expectation of better days. Jacob had given up any expectation of ever seeing Joseph again. Yet after many days – months – years – God answered their prayers. Again and again in Scripture, God encourages us to keep asking, seeking and knocking, for he hears every single prayer, and he is a rewarder of those who seek him. He tells us that those who sow in tears will eventually reap with shouts of joy (PS 126.5)

It may be many days before our “bread” comes back to us but God encourages us to keep casting our it on the waters, because eventually we SHALL FIND IT. 

My mother had rheumatoid arthritis for 16 years. We prayed fervently for Mom in the beginning, laying hands on her and anointing her with oil. But I must sadly admit that after a while, I grew less expectant and less frequent in my prayers for her.

One day Mom got really ill. For some reason her potassium levels had gone completely out of whack. Her doctor told her she would have to go off all her medications, including those for rheumatoid arthritis, until they got her stabilized. She was fearful about stopping but had no other choice. After a few days the doctors finally got Mom’s potassium levels back to normal. By that time she felt so good she decided not to resume her arthritis medication. She never had to take it again. God healed her. Her doctor told her that she was in remission – he wouldn’t call it a healing – but he did say that it was rare for a woman in her 70’s with rheumatoid arthritis to suddenly go into remission. God answered our prayers that we had prayed 16 years earlier but had given up hope of ever seeing answered.

Don’t stop casting your bread on the waters, for you SHALL find it after many days. Don’t quit praying for God’s kingdom to come. Don’t stop praying for your children, relatives and friends to be saved. Never cease interceding for persecuted saints. Don’t stop asking God to heal people. Don’t stop casting your cares upon the Lord, for he cares for you.

The more bread we cast on the waters, the more will eventually return to us. The more prayers we lift to the Lord, the more he will eventually answer. The more we sow, the more we will reap. It may be many days, or many years, but somehow, every crumb we cast on the waters will come back to us.

Our job is to pray. God will answer in his perfect timing.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

4 comments

  • I think sometimes the fact that I haven’t been praying lately for something I should have persisted in praying for has made me feel sort of disqualified from the right to start asking for it again – or as though my prayers now will be somehow less effective for the lapse. This reminder, together with the sweet story of your mother, has been such a help and encouragement to me. Thank you.

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