God wants us to be persistent in our prayer life. He desires for us to keep on keeping on asking about a personal matter or on the behalf for someone or something. Don’t give up or give in. You will discover below that He honored two individuals and a group of men. Read these brief passages and allow God to teach you.
The Parable of a Persistent Woman. Luke 18 1And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Keep on keeping on asking. Don’t give in or give up!
Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar Who Kept Asking. You will discover in this episode, the more others told this brother to shut up and rebuked him, the louder he got. Don’t let others get you off track or shut you up regarding something what you feel in your heart is right or something you need to understand! Keep on keeping on asking. Don’t give in or give up! Luke 18 35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Persistency of a Group of Men. This is a powerful and amusing story. These men would not let go getting a friend into the presence of Jesus. Why? Because they were convinced their friend would be healed. They kept on keeping on until they placed him in front of Jesus. And, they were not disappointed! Mark 2 1A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” As a group of brothers, keep on keeping on placing a friend or lost person into the presence of Jesus! Refuse to give up or give in.
Brief instruction from the Apostle Paul regarding persistent prayer. Eph. 6 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. AMEN!