Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Praying with persistence

Hey MPs,

Have you been standing firm in prayer this week? Are you exhausted because you’ve been standing in your own strength or have you been renewed because God’s power has His glory shining within and around you? Do you truly believe the promises in His Word?

I think it’s safe to say that at times we’ve tried using our own strength to get by each day and other times we’ve allowed God to hold us up. That’s human nature. Scripture contains pages and pages of people just like us. But also within that mighty Word are great examples of people who intensely persisted in standing firm in prayer. They truly took God at his word and believed He would help them. Let’s explore the lives of a few trusting servants who stood knowing that God would answer their prayers.

Jesus spoke to His followers and told them a parable about a persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8. He told of a widow who needed help (widows depended on society for support). She had to ask for help from a dishonest judge and she didn’t take “no” for an answer. Society was supposed to take care of her so she persisted in her appeal. She pestered the judge and persevered until he finally granted her request. 

Then Jesus said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” 

With that last statement, Jesus tried to encourage the people to continue in their faith and not lose heart. Are you able to persevere as the widow did, believing God will answer your prayers? Will you continue to hold on to your faith in Jesus?

Another great example of persistence in prayer is Hannah in 1 Samuel 1. Hannah was one of the two wives of Elkanah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not. Peninnah berated Hannah repeatedly, causing Hannah agonizing sorrow. After years of this pain, Hannah went to the temple doorpost where Eli the priest sat and made a vow to the Lord. 

She said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give Him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” 

Once Eli realized she wasn’t drunk, His wished her peace and hoped God would grant her request. Eventually God answered her prayer, she had a son, and gave him to the Lord. Through intense pain, Hannah persisted in her requests to God. Do you truly believe that God will grant you the desires of your heart?

These two ladies, the widow and Hannah, did not give up. They stood firm with persistence, believing God would answer them. 

Now turn to Daniel 10 and read how Daniel prevailed in prayer. For three full weeks he prayed, never giving up. His answer came by way of a man surrounded by the glory of God (Scripture references say this was either an angel or Jesus). The man wanted Daniel to know that his request had been heard from the moment he uttered it, but a spiritual battle had occurred. Dark forces were trying to prevent an answer to Daniel’s prayer, but Daniel’s perseverance in prayer had allowed the man to finally attend to Daniel’s needs. 

Verses 18-19a says - the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. And the man said to Daniel, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” 

Because of his intense persistence, strength and answers came to Daniel by way of the man of God. Could you focus for three solid weeks on a petition to the Lord? Daniel did and what a blessing he received.

Even Jesus was persistent in His prayers. Hebrews 5:7 says.…..who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear…..

Are you weary? Are you ready to quit praying because you think God is not going to take the time to answer your prayers? Don’t give up! Stand firm! Keep praying, following the examples of the widow, Hannah, Daniel, and Jesus. God knows your needs. He just wants you to ask and stand strong as a tree planted by rivers of waters. Psalm 1:2-3 states:

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

Go about your days standing firm, praying intensely, and believing God’s Word. Read Psalm 112 and let it fill you with peace and comfort, knowing that your persistence will be carried forth into future generations.


  1. This was so encouraging! This blog-site is now a definite "favorite" and will be visited and "reread" often! Glory to God in the we persist in our journey heavenward and stand firm in His promises for us and OUR CHILDREN! DS

  2. Thank you, DS, I appreciate the encouragement from you. I continue to pray for all who visit this site to let God's glory shine in their lives so that His works are visible in and around them and their families. DC