Persistence, patience, perseverance in prayer

As Christian people, we need to have faith that God will always act in our best interest. We have purpose in our lives when we act within the providence of God! We have access to the power of the Holy Spirit when we wait on God’s providence with patient, purposeful, persistent prayer!

Please turn in your Bibles to today’s text, Luke 18. 1-8 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary. For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Persistence is often needed in prayer. The widow keeps coming to the unjust judge; we need to keep coming to our ever just Father. Note the important points in our lesson.1) She has access to the judge, we have access to the Father. 2) The judge is unjust, our Father is totally just and true. 3) God knows what is best for us. He knows what we need!

Patience is important in prayer. We need to wait for His response, until we have understood His answer. Again, wait on God. Make no hasty decision on our own. Do not act without clear direction from God.

Perseverance shows God that we are serious in our prayer. God’s providence will come about! Have faith that God hears our prayers and will respond at the precise time it will benefit His divine will most! Watch God at work in our prayer life by understanding His response to our petitions.

When God is ready to respond, He will do so swiftly and decisively! If we have a clear answer, we need to accept it without reservation. We may be disappointed but then God knows and gives us what we need, not what we want. Finally, prayer will make us understand His will in our lives.

Understand that the Holy Spirit strongly assists our prayers. Romans 8: 26-27 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

In the same way, understand that Jesus’ second coming will be at the perfect time, bringing judgment upon the adversary (Satan) and his followers! Will we be faithful in our lives and give the correct responses to His decisions? Will their be any faithful person found on earth upon His return? The question is not rhetorical. We do need to prayerfully consider it at length!

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)