How is your prayer life? I know mine could use some attention. This morning I was reminded of the Parable Jesus gave about prayer in Luke 18:1-8 TPT (The Passion Translation, my favorite!).
One day Jesus taught the apostles to keep praying and never stop or lose hope. He shared with them this illustration:
“In a certain town there was a civil judge, a thick-skinned and godless man who had no fear of other’s opinions. And there was a poor widow in that town who kept pleading with the judge, ‘Grant me justice and protect me against my oppressor!’
“He ignored her plead for quite some time, BUT she kept ASKING. Eventually he said to himself, ‘This widow keeps annoying me, demanding her rights, and I am tired of listening to her. Even though I’m not a religious man and don’t care about the opinions of others, I’ll just get her off my back by answering her claims for justice and I’ll rule in her favor. Then she’ll leave me alone.”
The Lord continued, “Did you hear what the ungodly judge said that he would answer her persistent request? Don’t you know that God, the true judge, will grant justice to all of his chosen ones who cry out to him night and day? He will pour out his Spirit upon them. He will not delay to answer you and give you what you ask for. God will give swift justice to those who don’t give up. So be ever praying, ever expecting, just like the widow was with the judge. Yet when the Son of Man comes back, will he find this kind of persistent faithfulness in his people?
Immediately as I was reading this the Lord whispered Matthew 7:7 to me,
“Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door.”
I don’t know about you but don’t you love how God’s word is alive and active?! It breathes on us just when we need it. I am so encouraged to be a persistent child of God who asks, seeks, and knocks not just in a general context but getting specific with God. He is not intimated by our requests. I sometimes sense He is bored with my prayer life because I ask not as boldly as I should. Get bold with God. He isn’t afraid. The more impossible it seems the more glory He receives. My beloved, the devil would love for you not to demand what is yours. He would love for you to pray small.He would love for you to get distracted and so busy with life that you don’t have any time to pray! Christ said ALL I have is yours (John 17:10a). Do you see why it can be hard to pray? It’s a language the devil can’t stand!! He doesn’t want you to get what is yours. Silence him today. Get what is yours with a righteous justice in your heart.
Don’t become hopeless because you have a certain deadline or timeline of how you think God should answer your prayers. It’s not about when, where, what, how…it’s about WHO. When Jesus comes back will He recognize your persistent voice that pleaded with Him time and time again? Kept asking, seeking, + knocking? Didn’t lose heart or give up?
- Continuing firmly or obstinately in course of action in spite of difficulty or oppostion
- Continuing without change or opposition
- lasting or enduring tenaciously
- constantly repeated; continued
- remaining attached beyond usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves (LOVE THIS! Stay attached to the Father)
Keep praying in faith, Beloved. Don’t let your feelings or what you see alter you from pressing into prayer for God’s promises to come forth in your life + the life of others. God is listening. He is faithful.