A Prayer for Continuance

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by the loss of someone close to you that you’ve thought, “I just don’t know how I can continue?” Many people in the Bible felt that way, too. Job is the one that quickly comes to my mind.

Job’s entire family was killed suddenly. Everything he owned was taken away. He was disfigured. His wife told him to curse God and die! Imagine it. Perhaps you are facing that right now. You don’t have to imagine it.

Listen to just the beginning of Job’s prayer in Job 7:6-7, “My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle. They end without hope. O God, remember that my life is but a breath, and I will never again feel happiness.” That is how Job felt. Yet, God had a plan to bless Job.

Job was more blessed in the second half of his life than in the beginning! He had 7 more sons and 3 more daughters. The Bible goes on to tell us that there were no more beautiful daughters in all the land. Job lived to see four generations of his children and his grandchildren.

God heard Job’s prayer and his deep sense of anguish and loss. God gave him continuance in accordance with His divine plan and purpose.

God will give you continuance, too! He has a plan for you, too wonderful to be imagined.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Dear Heavenly Father,

I sometimes wonder how I can continue! I don’t know how to go on!

Thank You, Father, that Your plans for me are good. Thank You for giving me hope. Thank You for giving me a future.

You are my source of continuance, Lord.

Help me to go on in faith that You are my hope and strength at all times.

Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23)! I thank You and praise You that Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds (Psalm 36:5)!

I claim Your promise in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, which says, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from [You] God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by [You] God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”

I thank You and praise You for the strength to continue within Your divine purpose.

In Your precious, holy name I pray.