Persistent Prayer — A LifeWords Devotion - Hope 103.2

Persistent Prayer — A LifeWords Devotion

It is so easy to give up. Your prayers for an apparently good thing are apparently not answered.

By David ReayThursday 27 Oct 2022LifeWords DevotionalsDevotionsReading Time: 2 minutes

It is so easy to give up. Your prayers for an apparently good thing are apparently not answered. Jesus seems to anticipate this situation and so encourages us to keep on praying. The point of his story here seems to be that if an unfeeling human judge will respond to cries for help, then surely God can do so. Although we need to note that God will respond in order to grant justice to his people. In other words, we still have no absolute guarantee we will get exactly what we ask for. God’s ways remain his ways.

God does hear and will respond, even if that response is different to what we expected. So we need not give up feeling he has given up on us. However, persistence is not the same as nagging. We don’t persist in order to wear God down, or to ensure the message gets through. It gets through without us opening our mouths. Rather, we persist simply because it is natural to go on praying for those we love, or for justice or peace or salvation.

The final phrase challenges us to express our faith in ongoing prayer. When we pray persistently, we are telling God we trust him, we need him. That trust is no passing fad, that need is no temporary crisis.

Blessings

David