Kirby’s Prayer

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
 —Romans 12:12

In a recent sermon, my friend Allen Isbell told this chilling story about Kirby, who had been a law school classmate of his. Kirby and his adult son gave shelter to a homeless man, who killed the son, attempted to kill Kirby, and burned his house down.

On October 5, 2018, Kirby spoke at a criminal law seminar on what was helping him cope with his loss. His first point was Prayer. He said he prayed three times a day, and every prayer included three requests: 1) That God would keep him in his right mind; 2) That God would be with him through whatever he faced; 3) That God would let him sleep.

We underestimate—and therefore, underutilize—the power of prayer. Kirby’s story will tilt my prayers today toward thankfulness.

One of Satan’s most lethal weapons
is to get you to be too busy to pray.

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