I found the empty pot in a cabinet in my sunroom, left behind by the previous owners. I assumed it was a pot of dirt, long since vacated by its former occupant as well. Not wanting to waste the soil, I placed it on the deck with the intention of placing an annual or two in it.
A few days later, I noticed tiny evidence of life poking through the dirt. Later when I returned to the pot, I saw a green plant coming to life. Amazed, I began to water and watch, not sure what was developing but certain life was still present. Within weeks I had a beautiful variegated-leafed plant.
Months later, my sister, a seasoned landscaper and horticulturist came to visit. As I showed her around the house updating her on all my plants’ growth and progress, I told her about the plant that came back to life. “That’s a prayer plant.” she informed me.
Suddenly it all made sense: prayer brings things to life!
As believers in God’s sovereign power, the Bible tells us we must live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). This means we must choose to believe even what we cannot see and trust that our prayers are being heard even when the evidence before our eyes is screaming at us to the contrary.
Situations and spiritual conditions of those we pray for may seem dead, lifeless, and beyond hope. Mary and Martha thought this to be the case when their brother Lazarus died. But Jesus, their friend and ours, showed them that He is the God of the living and the dead and displayed a prequel to the Resurrection when he stood before Lazarus’ tomb and yelled, “Lazarus, come forth!” As the stone was rolled away, life triumphed over death!
Take a lesson from the prayer plant; with God nothing is impossible or hopeless. Where prayer is present, life is being sown. Don’t give up before you see the rewards of your prayers. God’s Word tells us to not “become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
…the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. Romans 4:17
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:11
Calling on the Master Gardener:
Lord, I believe that prayer calls to life things that are seemingly dead or hopeless. Help me to persevere even when I do not see any sign of life. I choose to believe Your Word that tells me to ask, seek, and knock. Following the example of Your son, Jesus, I will seek You in prayer each day and seek Your Will and not my own. Amen.
Preparing the Soil:
What have you been praying for that seems to be hopeless?
Have you been tempted to give up? Think about all that would be lost if you did.
Sowing the Word:
Continue to pray for the things you have been seeking. If you have faltered or been tempted to give up, renew your commitment today. Ask God for a glimpse of His promises to keep your hope alive.
Matthew 7:7-11, John 11, 2 Chronicles 7:14
Oftentimes plants that appear to be dead or beyond hope can be brought back with patience and care. Cut off dead or diseased leaves and stems, fertilize, and coax with consistent watering and light. And you can always offer a little prayer.
Train yourself to see with spiritual eyes even when looking at yourself. God is doing amazing things under the surface. ~ Mary