1 Timothy 5:5 (NLT)
5But a woman who is a true widow, one who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. Night and day she asks God for help and spends much time in prayer.

Paul was writing about the care of widows within the church. Here in verse 5 he makes a statement about the widows. He says a true widow is alone in this world. In other words there is no one available to care for her; she has no family, no relatives close at hand. Her only hope is in the Lord and so night and day she seeks God out in prayer.

Have you ever said, “I just quit.” Maybe you have reached a point where you just feel hopeless about a situation. You feel all alone as though there is no one to help. God doesn’t want us to give up; He wants us to turn to Him. I heard a pastor once tell a story about his younger days in seminary. He said he left one morning for seminary knowing he and his wife had bills to pay. He was discouraged, but he knew God had always been faithful. But still felt as though he was alone in his financial struggles. When he went by the office at the seminary there was an envelope with a $500 check made out to him. He called his wife all excited to say there was a donation someone anonymously had left for them. She said, “I know, it’s for $500.” Puzzled, he asked her how she knew. She said, “I knew once you told me there was a check. I had been praying to God for $500 to help pay our bills.” How faithful is our God to answer to our prayers when we are in need. We are not alone in our struggles. Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Have you felt hopeless and alone in your struggles? God doesn’t desire that for you. Pray for God to give you hope. Pray your struggles may be eased and your burdens lifted. Look to God for your answers and praise Him for the goodness to come.