Effective Persistent Prayer

  Nov 29, 2017   admin

Luke 18:7-8 (NIV)
7  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
8  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

There is this notion that prayer in faith is a one sentence prayer that will not be repeated. To repeat one’s prayer is to fall into doubt and unbelief. I’ve even heard mocking of those who might happen to spend more than a moment or two talking to God about an area of needed help. 

Jesus doesn’t seem to agree with that notion, though. In this parable, He directly links true faith to persistent asking, as if there will be no faith found where there isn’t daily and nightly crying out to God. He doesn’t imply that this must be whining and complaining or magnifying of negative circumstances. But, where there is true confidence that the One to whom the prayer is lifted can and will do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or think, there will be so much belief in each prayer lifted, that to discontinue this most effective action would be to enter into doubt that He really can and will. 

There is also a notion that honor and worship of God should rise above and eliminate bringing up elephants in the room to Him. Here you are, experiencing real life issues that He has already provided for in Christ, but somehow bringing them up to the God who passionately desires to meet every one of our needs would be dishonorable. Rather, it appears from what Jesus relates, that asking God for His amazing ability to be applied is exactly what He’s looking for as evidence of a faith-filled relationship. Avoiding the obvious would not appear to be what making a bold advance to the throne of grace for help would look like. 

May today be filled with bringing up the obvious, acknowledging that God will do way more than we can imagine, and that He considers our asking Him to be precious and very much expected. May we have what we need as we humble ourselves and ask persistently in faith. 

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