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Hope Day 20. Praying for Hopeless Sinners

By Bishop Wellington Boone  |   |  Category: Hope Devotional

“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope” (Lamentations 3:19-21).

When Jeremiah considered how people had rejected him he said, “The thought of . . . my homelessness is bitter beyond words.” We might never think of a prophet in the Bible as being homeless, but he was. I don’t know a single Christian who would get so excited about looking for a prophecy from a homeless person that he would look under bridges and search the alleys to find one. The Bible gives us hope that we can hear from God even if we are homeless because God will use anyone He chooses under any circumstances.

During Charles Finney’s crusade in Evans Mill, New York, that you read about earlier, Finney met a man of prayer named Father Nash who had enough hope to pray for the worst sinners in the city. Together they were convinced that God wanted to bring a transformation to that region. They would not rest until they saw a new city.

The Bible says in Hebrews 11:10, “Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” In the King James Version it says that Abraham looked for a city “whose builder and maker was God.”

The Bible presents a track record of patriarchs who give us hope that we can hear from God. Abraham heard from God in a way that no one he knew had ever experienced. There was no basis for his faith other than his divine connection with God. He followed a path that God showed him.

You have been born again into a new world. God can unveil to you in a dimension of the spirit something you never thought of before. He can give you hope for people you never even considered as someone who could be saved. He will open up heaven to you and you will find yourself looking forward to something that just never came to your mind before.

Every born again believer has a seed of hope inside, not only for themselves but also for hopeless sinners. We have the DNA structure to be people of faith. Faith is the engine that drives us to hope for the impossible.

Remember, Abraham hoped against hope. When the Lord told him he would have a son and heir, in the natural he had nothing to hope about. However, he had the assurance that the Lord’s will would come to pass. He had reason to hope because of the veracity of God’s Word.

You may not see a solution to your situation. All your plans may be dead, but just follow the lead of the Author and Finisher of your faith.