There are benefits of praying persistently. If God in His supremacy knows and understands all things and even the desires of His children to give them good things.
If He always hears us His children whenever we call on Him. Then why does He ask us to persist in prayer?. The big question here is, Is there a time we should pray and time to give up prayer?.
Persistence In Prayer
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18And it says, Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Even the great master of prayer Jesus Christ has always been clear on this point. When He said that we should persist in our prayer until we have an overwhelming reason not to pray again.
Remember prayer is never rejected so long as we do not cease to pray according to God’s directives.
- Praying in the name of Jesus Christ
- Praying according to God’s will for us
- Praying in and through faith
- Praying persistently, both in season and out of season
Jesus told a parable in the book of Luke 18:1-8, about a widow who has been abused and mistreated.
Day after day she brings her case before a judge who “neither feared God nor cared what people thought.”The judge is at first indifferent to the widow’s request.
But then he is compelled to reconsider because she refuses to take “NO” for an answer.
A day came that he could no longer ignore the woman’s cry and plea. Eventually, he complies, by saying to himself, though I don’t fear God or care what people think.
Yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will no longer disturb me by her continual coming.
And [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Jesus’ point here is not that God is like an insensitive and uncaring judge.
That must be bothered to respond to our request. But that, if this judge can turn around and succumb to the widow’s request.
How much more will God, our good judge, and father? Bring about for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night?.
Most times when God delays in answering our request we got disappointed. Sometimes we are tempted to give up. which is why Jesus concludes the parable with a rhetorical question.
”Nevertheless” when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?. Meaning that unanswered prayers test our faith.
We meet that test when we keep praying and don’t lose courage, in spite of our frustration, and disappointment.
Are we persistent in our prayers? Are we destitute? Have you as an individual reached a point where you can say, ”God, you must answer my prayer because I have no other.
You must step into my situation and intervene?. Jesus said to the disciples, ”Without Me, you can do nothing.” But some of us have said Lord I can do lots of things even without you.”
But the truth about it is that without Him, we accomplish nothing. Until we realize that prayer is the utterance of the helpless, frustrated and one whom the world and the things in it had made a mockery of.
And until then, our prayer life will not change or get beyond the roof.
And it is then that we begin to be persistent in our prayers. The scriptures are filled with examples of individuals who persisted in prayer.
Persistence in prayer is praying until you have the answer to what you are seeking from God. It is continuing to pray until you sense a release in your spirit that God is intervening on your behalf.
And granting your request, coming back to Him day after day until you have the petition you desired of Him.
Luke 18:1 ”And He [Jesus] spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” This type of persistent praying doesn’t come easy.
It’s only for one who can provoke himself to lay hold of God in stubborn and persistent praying, refusing to let go of Him until you see the results you are seeking of Him.
5 REASONS WHY WE NEED TO PRAY PERSISTENTLY:
1. For Our Personal Needs
Time and again we see those who laid hold of God for their personal needs. Jacob was one of them, who was on his way back home to face his brother Esau whom he had deceived and took away his birthright some years back.
His fear and anxiety of seeing Esau again caused him to wrestle with God in prayer until God blessed him [Genesis 32:22-31].
There was also a widow and the unjust judge who kept returning to him until he avenged her [Luke 18:1-8]. Many are timid about seeking God for their personal needs.
Forgetting that God cares about the most insignificant need you have. We are exhorted, ”Casting all your cares upon Him; for He cares for you” [1 Peter 5:7].
2. For Our Spiritual Insight
The blind Bartimaeus who just wanted to be able to see [Luke 18:35-43]. He cried out to Jesus to have mercy on him.
The crowds tried to silence him and prevent him from receiving his sight. But he refused to be silenced by the multitude because he knows what he wants.
Rather he cried the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. He cried unto Jesus until he knew his cries were heard by the Master and he was able to see.
We can pray for spiritual sight for ourselves. The Psalmist cried, ”Open thou my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” [Psalm 119:18].
We can also pray for others to receive spiritual sight, even those who are in direct opposition to the gospel.
Ananias prayed for Paul and he received his sight. Both his physical and spiritual sight [9:10-19], In [2 Kings 6:15-19].Elisha also prayed that God should open the spiritual eyes of his servant.
3. For Our Deliverance
A Syrophenician woman, whose daughter was tormented by an evil spirit. ”Came to Jesus and fell at His feet” and ”kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter”
[Mark 7:25-26]. This woman was both desperate and persistent. Jesus seemed to actually discourage her.
”Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs” [Mark 7:27].
He was basically saying, you are a dog leave me alone, that word alone can discourage her. But she persisted and said, yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs in verse 28.
Because of her persistence, Jesus said, because of this answer you gave. Go for the demon in your daughter has gone according to verse 29.
Therefore Let’s lay hold of Him until we, our loved ones and all who are in need of deliverance are set free.
4. For The Blessings Of God
As we read this passage we notice, Jacob was left alone Genesis 32:24. It’s when we are alone that we become desperate and lay hold of God with all we have.
We see Jacob wrestled with Him whom his blessings lay in His hand until daybreak. He said I will never let you go unless you bless me.
As a result of his persistence, he was blessed there 26 and 29. He was persistent, he refused to let go of him until he had blessed him.
It was not uncommon for God’s people to request for His blessings. Jabez asked this same thing in the book of 1 Chronicle 4:9-10.
When he discovered that without God’s blessings he is of no use to himself, family and to the people around him.
He was annoyed in his spirit which leads him into embarking on an endless and persistent prayer. Until his condition was changed.
5. For Our Defense And Safety
While Peter was in prison, the church was “earnestly praying to God for him” according to [Acts 12:5-12]. In this kind of situation.
The church has no other weapons to fight against the forces that have come against it if not prayer. Their only refuge is to depend on God to make his intention known.
Hoping that Peter will be released one day and the church saved. Because of their earnest prayers to God, an angel was sent to prison.
Who when he appears in the prison, he taps Peter and he wakes up. “Quick, get up!” the angel said to him.
According to verses 7 and 8. Put on your clothes and sandals and follow me. And he follows the angel out of the prison. The power of the resurrected Jesus that is working mightily in the midst of His people saved him.
We should understand that God permits us to be tempted and pass through some difficulties in life for his own glory. To discover the freeness and riches of His grace.
That, men, maybe inspired the more, sincerely to demand their rightful place in the name of Jesus Christ. Most times we keep off from the throne of grace till temptations drive us toward.
As when the sheep wander, the shepherd lets loose his dog upon them, not to harm or kill them. But to bring them back again to the fold:
So God lets loose Satan drive us to Himself. For the trial of that grace which he hath carefully made in us. Grace doth appear better in temptation than out of it.
Remember, that the determination, courage, and worth of a soldier are not known in times of peace but when he is out in action.
When we are put to some difficulty, affliction, and distress, then is faith seen.