Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Not because you have been praying about a matter for a while and not yet seen any results, means that it is time to quit. Doing so will only rob you of your victory. It was not the same time that Isaac prayed for his barren wife that she gave birth. He persisted in prayer until he got the results he wanted to see (Genesis 25:21).
Even though it may seem like nothing is happening, do not quit praying. That was the message behind Luke 18:1 when it said “men ought to pray and not faint”. To demonstrate the importance of this principle Jesus told the parable of the widow who sought Justice from an unjust Judge. Even though he initially refused to grant her the request, she kept persisting until she got what she wanted. What if she had decided to quit when it seemed like things were not going in her favour? She would have lost out on what would have been, only because she did not persist long enough. Now if an unjust judge was swayed by the persistence of the widow, how much greater is God to give you the desires of your heart? Keep believing, He will do it.
Giving up too quickly in prayer is the result of a lack of faith. Luke 18:8 says. “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth”? What the scripture was communicating was that when God shows up to answer your prayers, He wants to see your faith. One evidence of that faith is a decision to persist in prayer. Typically when people quit on their prayers it is because they have lost faith. The widow’s request was granted because she kept believing that she would get what she asked for and so persisted. God will answer your prayers, but you must persist in faith.
Life Application: Boldly bring your requests to the Lord daily with the expectation that He will answer, regardless of how long it takes.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to wait and not faint. I choose to believe you instead of operating in fear and doubt. In Jesus name, amen.
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