Some things don’t come easy.
She looks out the window as the rain comes down in sheets. Is God listening? she wonders as she struggles to believe God will answer.
If she had a dollar for each prayer she has prayed for this difficult situation, she’d be a wealthy woman by now.
We’ve all felt discouraged in the face of unanswered prayer.
Do you remember the parable that Jesus told about the poor widow, begging the unjust judge for legal protection from her opponent? The story is found in Luke 18:1-8.
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
This poor woman kept coming to that nasty judge, bothering him, asking persistently. He finally gave in just to get her off his back. Jesus makes the point that if an unjust judge will answer persistence, how much more will God bring justice to His children who cry out to Him.
This widow was in a difficult and seemingly hopeless situation. She had two choices: she could give up or she could persevere and keep asking for justice. She shows a persistent faith that keeps coming, keeps asking even in the face of a difficult, discouraging, unjust, unfair situation.
Don’t give up.
To ask persistently demonstrates an intensity of need or desire, as well as faith to keep asking. Persistent faith keeps asking, keeps coming, despite prolonged difficulty. Persevering faith does not give in or give up, but believes that God will answer.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][tweetthis hidden_hashtags=”#prayer #trustGod”]Perseverance is a choice, and persistent prayer builds spiritual strength.[/tweetthis]
Persist until you come to that peaceful position of a resting trust that God will answer. Until that peace comes, persist. God hears us the first time we pray, and according to Isaiah, He answers before we call.
Every one of us has things in our lives that urge us to pray with perseverance. Sometimes there is a gap between the asking and the answer that God intentionally uses to strengthen our faith and challenge us to pray with grit.
Persistence brings greater faith as we act on faith to persevere and keep asking. Persistence in prayer and perseverance carry us forward and are necessary in difficult circumstances because it is easy to become discouraged, give up, or turn back.
What would have happened if the widow had stopped asking after the 2nd or 3rd time?
Pray on with perseverance, trust God, and don’t give up. He’s listening.
What are you praying for with perseverance? How can we pray for you?
Today’s post is from the reflections of Ginger Harrington, social media coordinator for Planting Roots. You can find Ginger’s writing on her award-winning blog, Ginger’s Corner: Where the Practical Meets the Spiritual. She also writes for Guideposts Military Blog. Ginger and her retired Marine husband have enjoyed twenty-four years of military life and are parents to three young adults.