Psalms 122–I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Aren’t you glad there’s a call to go to the house of the Lord?
Hopefully we won’t take that call for granted.

Aren’t you glad we can go to the house of the Lord?

While Christians are being persecuted and killed in many countries, we still have freedom in this country to be able to go to the house of the Lord. Hopefully we’ll not take those freedoms for granted.

Aren’t you glad we have health to go to the house of the Lord?

Most of us have our emotional and physical health, but some don’t. Stepping into the role of a caregiver, aside from vacations, I’ve missed more church the past two years than I have in the last thirty-three years because two people I love needed extra care. Hopefully we’ll not take our health for granted.

Aren’t you thankful you’re needed in the house of the Lord?

Those of you who can answer the call to go to the house of the Lord are needed. Yes, there is much we can pray about, but in the context of this devotion, those who can go are needed to pray for those who can’t (or won’t) go. Hopefully we’ll not take our very necessary roles as people of prayer for granted.

The Lord and the call are necessary.
Our answer and obedience is necessary.

It’s necessary we understand our important role in the body of Christ. I desire your prayers.

Father, we are thankful for You and the call to go to the house of the Lord, for freedoms and health to do so. Please protect those freedoms and our health. We’re thankful for the body of Christ who come alongside one another to help in this good fight of faith, especially as the days seem to grow colder and darker. Help us not grow weary in well doing, and help us to be the people of prayer You desire us to be!

Mark 9:24–Thus the man with the epileptic boy cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief.”

Some of us have experienced hardships we would rather not have to deal with. Some of us get to repeat them. What does the believer do? Keep on going or quit?

Sometimes the mountains aren’t moved, the waters aren’t parted, or we don’t get the answers we ask God for, and during those painfully frustrating times, we may get angry, walk away, or we can hunker down in Him and continue to trust. Yes, there are times we may ask Him to help our unbelief… I certainly have.

I wish I could say the Christian walk is a bed of roses, but it isn’t. In fact, we may feel like we’re constantly pricked by the thorns. Keep going. Keep trusting.

The believer knows this life is a short one whether we live a few years or many, and we have faith there is an eternity to come. That is why we keep going, why we keep trusting.

If we need some help with some unbelief, ask Him for a little help, He won’t be shocked if you ask Him! Keep going, keep trusting.