Persistent in Prayer

July 1, 2020

Read Luke 18:1,7

“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not lose heart...now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?”

 
Reflect

Have you ever prayed and felt like God wasn’t listening? Did you keep praying, or did you give up?

In Luke, chapter 18, Jesus tells a parable of a widow who asks a corrupt judge to grant her justice against her enemy. It says that the judge “neither feared God nor respected man.” He refused her request. Multiple times. But she just kept on asking him. Finally, he decides to do as she asked. Not because he wanted to do the right thing. No, he just wanted her to stop badgering him about it!

My children understand this. Just keep begging mom until she gets tired of listening to us whine, and she’ll eventually give in. While I try not to reward whining, I will be the first to admit that sometimes, they wear me down!

Jesus’s point was that even an unrighteous judge (or a mom in a weak moment) will give in eventually after persistence. But God isn’t an unrighteous judge. He’s compassionate, full of loving-kindness, and merciful. He is our Heavenly Father, and we are His “elect.” His chosen ones. His children. He doesn’t just “give in” because He’s tired of listening to us whine. He truly cares for us and listens to us as we cry out to Him.

If you read Luke 18 to the end, you’ll find another example of persistence paying off. Verses 35-42 tell the story of Jesus healing a blind man on the roadside. Luke tells us that when the blind man heard that Jesus was walking by, he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” He was rebuked by those around him and told him to be quiet, but he didn’t let that stop him. He knew Jesus was the only one who could help him, so he just kept calling out to Him. Jesus stopped and granted his request. He restored his sight. Jesus told the man, “Your faith has made you well.”

Persistence in prayer shows your faith. It shows that you know who Jesus is and that you trust Him. You know that He’s listening and that He has the power to grant your request. So don’t lose heart. Keep crying out to Him day and night. He’s listening.

 
Pray

Father, I don’t know why you don’t immediately answer my prayers. But I do know that you love me and hear me. I know you are able to grant my request. So I will keep on asking in faith and trust you with the outcome. Amen.

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Prayer changes things, and I have seen results from praying and no, I do not give up praying because the prayers of a righteous man availed much.
Kyle - I am praying that you will feel the amazing Peace from God today & know that he is with you always!
These days, I think I've lost heart already. I wish that wasn't the case. God, give me something to work with; So far, I haven't experienced proof that you're for me.
We must always persist in prayer, and always realize that sometimes the answer to our prayer will be no. My mom prayed for years that my dad would return to the family, but he did not. Over time, God gave mom a peace in her life that we can never understand. We always get an answer from God, but it is not always the answer we wanted in the beginning. God did not answer mom's prayer in its original form; though it was hard for her. He answered her prayer in a way that was much better for her and brought peace into her life. Hindsight shows us that the answer God gave us is always the right one. Prayer does not change the mind of God, it changes our minds to conform to the will of God, whatever His will may be. Somehow, His will is always better for us.
God i will keep 🙏 asking in faith
I thought asking God for a favour repeatedly showed a lack of faith, but thank you BTTB for sharing this lesson on being persistent in prayer.
Please continue praying and don’t give up. He and His Word, renews our strength like the eagles, Hallelujah!🙏🏻
Thank you for sharing this reminder of God's faithfulness, and that our prayers are not in vain ever in Jesus name 🙏 The Lord's blessings over the ministry
Once again a very timely reminder a
Father God ! I trust in you ! Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
How can you share that God had tsken you out of darkness and given you joy, piece, snd an the desire to share with everyone. Time is short my God i think you for your dying for me for your love and mercy my heart is filled with love and Thanksgiving for knowing you please let me share this i was lost in darkness now i.have brightness, i deserved hell and he gave me heaven
I ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOUR HELP!@1
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JE$U$ PLEASE I CRY FOR YOUR HEP EVERYDAY TO WATCH OVER MY 2 DAUGHTERS FOR THEIR LIVES AND ALSO ALL MY FAMILY INCLUDING OOU HUSBANDS &COMMON LAW HUSBAND ;LETS HAVE A SPARK OF POWERFUL PRAYER INTO YOUR WILL & YOUR PRESENCE WHEREVER WE GO;ALSO HELP INTO LOSING WEIGHT I JUST CANT LOSE WEIGHT I NEED YOUR HELP TO LOSE 30 LBS AND TO KEEP IT OFF;& EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE;THANKYOUJE$U$!@1ALWAYS NEED YOUR HELP@
Thank you, Jesus. For never leaving my side in good times or bad. My faith has never been stronger. Through You and the Holy Spirit. The power of prayer. Amen
Sometimes I am tempted to stop praying, but when I remember God's faithfulness to me in the past in tough times, and read His Word, I am assured He'll never leave or forsake me. He's trustworthy! Lord, help me to persist and persevere in prayer with the assurance that Your hear and answer in Your timing and according to Your will.
I need to Pray (talk) to God on a daily to have him watch over me.
Jesus always hears and answers our prayers. Since he is God he knows what we need and want for today and tomorrow. Sometimes his answer is no or not now because he knows the future. Prayer helps us share our heart with him and makes our faith grow. And faith is more important than gold or anything we think we need.
Many a time, I'm tempted to give up praying for the same over and over, but when I remember that widow, I'm encouraged.
When I was young I didn't pray unless it was important. I thought to myself that God has so mach more important stuff going on that my problems were little. Sooo I didn't pray alot. I didn't read the Bible either. I have a diability of some kind. I have to read slow to understand, even today. I thought I'd grow out of it but never have. So reading even at 58 yrs old is difficult. As all know nowadays bussiness is all around us. Finding a place in our small house that's quiet is quite difficult. So I pray to God for family, friends, neighbors, our government, the foolish papa burning cities down, the police, armed forces, other countries.. It can be overwhelming how many things I pray about. Not all if these every day but here and there, hit and miss. I thank God every day for all that I have. Thank you for this back to the bible site. In Jesus Name Amen
Keep on keeping on.
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