How to Persevere in Prayer

A christian during prayer

Perseverance in prayer is praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It involves continually praying without stopping. Prayer soon becomes a habit when we persevere in it.

Prayer is like a closed door. Persistent knocking opens it (Matthew 7:7). God wants us to persevere in asking from him. He wants us to be constant in asking (Romans 12:12). Jesus, teaching his disciples prayer, asked them to pray without giving up (Luke 18:1).

We must persevere in prayer because a life without prayer is filled with anxiety, worries, and fear. Paul counseled that we should not be anxious over anything but should present our requests before God through prayer and supplication (Philippians 4:6).

We must persevere in prayer to avoid falling into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. The desires of the flesh will subdue the spirit if we don't pray often. Christ counseled that we watch and pray to avoid falling into temptation (Matthew 26:41).

Perseverance in prayer is also the means we overcome troubles and challenges. The Christian walk is a fight. We wrestle with unseen forces. They attack, but victory is guaranteed when we are on guard, watching and praying perseveringly (Psalm 34:17).

To persevere in prayer, we must avoid distractions whenever we pray. Distractions take our focus during prayer and we soon become bored and give up. 

Jesus left his audience and went to a solitary place and prayed. It was a habit for him to stop whatever he was doing and go to a solitary place to pray to avoid distraction. Shut the door and pray. Early morning is good to pray to avoid distractions (Mark 1:35).

Follow the Spirit leading during prayer if you must persevere in it. The Spirit helps in our weakness in prayer. He gives a guide to follow to pray through and make prayer interesting. Failure to follow will make prayer boring (Romans 8:26).

There is power in cooperative prayer. Praying in a group is better than praying single for persevering prayer. Two heads are better than one. Iron sharpens iron. When one member lapses in prayer, the others in the group strengthen him (Matthew 18:19-20).

God wants us to persevere in prayer like the widow who was persistent in her request for vengeance from the judge (Luke 18:2-8).
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