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Keep Praying!
By Joel Osteen - Mar 13, 2015

My nephew, Matthew, is my brother, Paul's oldest son. At the age of twelve, Matt started struggling with depression. He lost all interest in school. He wouldn't engage socially with the other students or hardly even his own family. It seemed like the more Paul and Jennifer prayed the worse things got. It got so bad that he eventually dropped out of school. Matt has always been so smart, so talented, but it didn't look like he would fulfill his destiny.

The scripture says, "If you don't get tired of doing what's right, you will reap a harvest." Paul didn't see anything changing, but he kept praying. He kept believing. He prayed, "God, You said as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. You said the seed of the righteous will be mighty in the land. You said Your plans for Matt are for good and not evil."

Year after year went by. There was no sign of anything improving. But one day, unexpectedly, out of the blue, it was like those chains of depression were broken off of Matt. He got his joy back. He got his passion back. He had a whole new outlook on life. He went back and finished high school. He went to college and got his bachelor's degree. He went on to law school and got his law degree. Today, Matt is an attorney working with us on staff in the ministry. He's married, happy and fulfilling his destiny. What happened? Matt came into his due season of harvest.

Today, get ready because when you stay faithful to what God has called you to do, He promises that you are coming into your due season. Like Matt, unexpectedly, things will change in your favor. If you have a business that's slow, God knows how to bring you customers or new clients and cause you to stand out. God can give you ideas, creativity and wisdom. He is called Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider. One touch of His favor can put you years down the road!

The key is, don't stop praying! Keep believing. Keep expecting. Stay in faith. When you're tempted to get discouraged, turn it around. Say, "Lord, I want to thank You that this is my due season year. This is my year to see increase. This is my year of freedom and breakthrough! Thank you for finishing what you started in my life!"

"Let us 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, NIV)

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