Persistent prayer doesn’t mean lack of faith. It actually shows a trust that God will indeed hear the prayers of His children. The Christian has to stand on God’s promises claiming them every day to receive spiritual blessings, victory over sin, and other needs. He should not give up until they are answered. This is called praying through (Hebrews 6:15).
To stress the necessity of persevering prayer, Jesus gave us the parable of the Persistent Widow. He said, “that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). And He ended the parable saying, “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?” If the judge, for selfish reasons, would eventually respond to the widow’s prayer, how much more will God answer the prayers of all that seek Him (Matthew 7:7-12).
The Bible teaches of the importance of persistent prayer, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). The apostle Paul encouraged the believers to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The connection with Heaven should not be broken (Luke 18:1). Paul worked “night and day” (1 Thess. 2:9); he also prayed “night and day” (ch. 3:10). Active connection with his heavenly Father, through prayer, gave the apostle success in his battle with the powers of darkness.
Jesus is our example in having a persistent prayer life. At the beginning of His ministry, He fasted forty days and prayed most earnestly to be able to resist the temptations of the devil (Luke 4). During His ministry, He continued His prayer life “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12). And at the close of His ministry, His prayer was even more intense “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). If Jesus prayed so earnestly, how much more should we as Christians persevere in prayer?
In His service,
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