And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. (Jeremiah 18:12)
And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border. (Jeremiah 31:17)
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which enters into that within the veil (Hebrews 6:19)
Father, hope in You is my anchor. My hope holds sure and stedfast, because I know Your heart. I know how much You want my children to live for You. I have confidence in Your Spirit to do the work in them to draw them to You, to teach them Your ways, and to perfect what concerns them.
Father, I rejoice in You. I know that Your ways are past finding out. I know that You can work in ways that I can't even begin to imagine. I remember the times You have answered my prayers for my children in the past. I have hope and I look forward to Your answers, trusting Your timing.
I'm thinking this morning about Jonah. You had a work for him to do and he rebelled. You arranged for him to have a seaside retreat to think it over until He bowed the knee to You. I remember how You worked with Balaam. When he wouldn't listen to You, You used a donkey to persuade him. I remember the mighty prophet Elijah had a pity party in the wilderness, and You ministered to him through birds. I remember the times I got off track, and You used birds to speak to me, too.
Father, I have hope in You, not in my own ideas or efforts. I pray for You to work in my children's lives, and I pray for them to have hope also. I pray they will have the hope that springs eternally. That hope will carry them through any difficulty. It will cause them to endure till the end.