Message: " Perservance In Prayer "
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people) Ephesians 6:18 Amp.
How many times have you prayed and wondered if you would receive your answer? Did you think maybe you did not pray long enough? To persevere means to see something all the way through to the end. Hebrews 10:35-36 says, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” We should not settle for less than 100 percent.
James 5:16 (Amp) says, “…The earnest (heart-felt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” Then James goes on to give us an example of the kind of prayer he is talking about. He says, “Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. [I Kings 17:1] And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual] [I Kings 18:42-45].”
Persistence is the key. In Luke 18:3-8 Jesus spake a parable unto them to this end. “…That men ought always to pray, and not faint, saying, there was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them.” Then Jesus says something so profound. He says in v8, “I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” This is persistent faith. Perseverance takes faith in the one we are expecting to deliver our request. Every time we pray, we must believe our prayers change things in the realm of the Spirit, even if we cannot see the evidence of those changes in the natural world. We must believe God heard us and went to work on our behalf. So, when you do not feel like praying, stir yourself up to pray. Jesus had the greatest prayer life; and if Jesus had to pray, what about us? Jesus spent all night in prayer sometimes to the Father, and He was never caught off guard. He always knew what was going to happen next because of His close and constant communion with the Father through prayer and fellowship. Let us trust the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness and get the job done for ourselves and others as the Lord leads us. God bless us until next time.
Elder Carolyn Prescod