“Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” – (Luke 18:1)
“To persist in prayer and not give up does not mean endless repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. Always praying means keeping our requests constantly before God as we live for Him day by day, believing He will answer. When we live by faith, we are not to give up. God may delay answering, but His delays always have good reasons. As we persist in prayer we grow in character, faith and hope.” (NIV footnotes for Luke 18:1)
According to dictionary.com, persist means to continue firmly in purpose, especially in spite of opposition. In my experience, this is how faith is further formed, and hope is given way to rise up. As we face opposition or difficulty, what we choose to do in response, determines the development of our character. If Jesus instructs us to pray and not give up, then regardless of how things appear, that is what we are meant to do. Faith requires action. First and foremost, our petitions ought to be presented before Him. However, that is rarely the end, but instead, just the beginning. As we seek Him earnestly, He often gives instruction as to how we are to move further in faith; the what we are meant to do as we wait.
trusting He hears,
despite seen delay.
He is faithful,
and always, He’s good;
let faith rise up,
our hope, understood.
When He says move,
do all that He asks;
we grow in new tasks.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are good and faithful, always. Thank You that regardless of what is going on around us, You have our heart in Your hands, and You remain present. Thank You that You hear our every prayer, and that You instruct us to be persistent as we pray. Forgive us for our lack of fortitude in the fight, and grant us Your strength and endurance in all things and at all times. Teach us how to be persistent in prayer, without endless repetition or whining. Thank You that You are a patient and loving Father, Who loves us, and continues to help us grow in character, faith and hope as we seek You. May we honor You in all that we say and do, and may many come to know You through our love and persistent petitions before You. Be exalted, Lord. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.