A Widow’s Mite

Sometimes I struggle with prayer. I attempt to pray for our nation—against the corruption, lies, open borders, sexual sins. But after a few minutes, I find I can’t pray any longer because the burden becomes so hard to bear, so arduous. “Lord, our country has gone so wrong, so quickly.” And what good does my one little two-minute prayer do?

When last week once again I attempted to pray for the United States, the Lord reminded me of the Jewish people who brought their alms to the temple. But when a poor widow dropped two small coins into the collection box, Jesus reminded us she gave more than the wealthy who gave out of their abundance. She gave all she had.

“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21: 3

Could my feeble prayer be as the widow’s mite? The Lord didn’t look at what she gave but what was in her heart and her willingness to give back to the Lord. The next time you feel God might not hear your prayer, trust that He will hear the smallest prayer if you pray from a sincere heart.

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