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Guiding Principle #1

Be Persistent in Prayer

I know it is easy to get tired of praying for something or someone when it seems prayers are not being answered, and nothing is changing for the better.  As a matter of fact, it seems things get worse rather than better.  The person(s) you are praying for behavior gets worse.  If you’re praying for someone’s healing, it seems their condition worsens, and if you’re praying for financial breakthrough, sometimes the struggle becomes greater.  These seemingly ineffective prayers will make giving up easy especially for new-born again believers, or persons who don’t have an established prayer life.   Do not stop praying. Keeping believing; be persistent!

Persistence in prayer is a demonstration of your faith in God.  Here’s what Jesus taught the disciples in Luke 18:1-8

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

The widow was steadfast in her course of action in spite of the judge’s obstinate attitude and actions because she believed that her request would be granted.

After Jesus finished the illustration of the unjust judge and widow, the principle is clear. He points out the spiritual truth that God will answer speedily when we are persistent…He will bring about justice, but the question is, will Jesus really find faith on the earth when He returns.  In essence, faith drives us to be persistent in prayer, and will we remain steadfast in faith to pray until we get results…until God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The principle that you must apply although you see no immediate changes, or answers to your prayers is: Persistence in prayer is a demonstration of faith in God.

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