Persistent Prayer

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Today that seemed to prove itself true as I crawled out of bed at 6:15 on a Saturday morning.  Waking up early to have time with Jesus is my favorite part of the day, when I force myself to do it. This morning turned out to be a very easy choice since yesterday I went to bed so early.

A couple of days ago I talked about God’s healing a little and how much I don’t understand God. That said, healing seamed to be a focal point of my prayers this morning. As I was praying for people in my family to be healed, “Be persistent,” was the gentle command recurring like a whisper into my mind. I was asking God what it would take for my brother-in-law to be healed, and it was as if God was saying, “Sometimes my healing only comes with persistence.” I then decided to read the parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:1-8 NLT)

God, unlike the judge, is a just God.  He is a God of grace, mercy, love, healing, forgiveness, and everything in between that we need.  He is a Father that loves to lavish good gifts on us.  So when God tells me to, “Be Persistent!” I am going to do just that and persistently cry out to God to heal my family and draw men unto himself through that healing.  Then I am going to watch for the day that God fulfills his promise; the day God finally answers my prayer.

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2 thoughts on “Persistent Prayer

  1. There’s a thought I want to leave with you. Jesus always healed those that came to him. So even though healing hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean that it isn’t God’s will. There’s something that I heard in a healing conference that has stuck with me. It is this: even though God hasn’t healed yet, we cannot stop praising him for something that hasn’t happened yet.

    1. Thank you for your input and encouragement. I agree that we need to keep praising God no matter what. God is my all in all and I will praise him no matter what. Louie Giglio once said, in essence, that perhaps when bad things happen there is a war going on for our worship just like there was a war for the worship of Job. I agree that whether healing comes or not I need to worship God because maybe, just maybe there is a war for my worship. Furthermore, God is still God who is coming again in glorious power and is worthy of my worship.

      That said, I think we have to be very careful with healing. There are far too many people, some that I know personally, who die battling their sicknesses, yet they loved and followed God to the end, never stopped praising him and asking him for healing, but still they were not healed. I don’t think it is fair to say that God healed ALL who asked, because there is a large amount of the life of Jesus that we do not know. Sometimes people didn’t even ask in order to be healed. (John 9 is one example). There is no formula that guarantees healing–no matter how much faith I have, how persistent I am, or how much I stand on the authority of scripture. I believe those are all important and necessary, but ultimately God is the one who reigns over all of life and the universe, not me. He holds the end and the answers. We continue to pray and worship because SOMETIMES that is what God requires for healing. But even if he doesn’t ever heal, we still should be persistent and still worship because it keeps us depending on the only thing that can get us through each day; it keeps us dependent on God and hopeful in Christ.

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