Genesis 18:32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
You may not get what you ask for the first time, but your persistence will get the attention of God. The Lord revealed to Abraham his intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness. Abraham having heard that took it upon himself to plead their cause; because he did not want to see the destruction of the city. It is evident here that Abraham was not only concerned about his success, but also about the success of others.
The basis of his cry for mercy was that the righteous should not be destroyed with the wicked. And so he asked God that if 50 righteous were found in the city, if he would still destroy it and God said no. He still was not satisfied with that as he knew 50 may not be found there. So he pleaded 5 more times with God asking for the city to be spared if 45, 40, 30, 20 and finally 10 righteous persons inhabited the space. That is persisting in prayer. The principle being taught is that you must be persistent in asking for what you want. Your path to success may be hindered by some stubborn situations, counter that by choosing to be persistent in asking for what you want. Persistence is evidence of faith and it will move God.
Life Application: Pray daily for what you want to see.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I must admit that there are many times I have not persisted in prayer, but instead I have given up because it seems too hard. I pray that you will give me the strength to persevere in prayer and stand strong in the face of opposition. Give me the discernment to persevere with things that are in line with your will and purpose for my life. In Jesus name, amen.