God Wants Persistence in Prayer

A christian during prayer

Persistence in prayer is the act of praying without giving up until it's answered. God does not want us to grow weary in prayer. Keep on pushing (2 Thessalonians 3:13). His silence doesn’t mean he will not answer. He wants to see how long you can persist.

God wants us to keep on pressing on in our request. Prayer on a request is like a race that has a beginning and an end and only those who persist gets to the end to obtain the prize (answer). The winner is the one who persists till the end. He is the one who refused to give up. Though tired and frustrated because the answer isn’t forthcoming, but kept on pressing on till he eventually gets the answer (1 Corinthians 9:24).

Jesus Christ taught a parable on persistence in prayer. A man had a visitor who came from afar. He did not have what to entertain him because it was midnight. He went to his neighbor to ask for some loaves of bread. The neighbor was initially reluctant but eventually succumbed because of the man's persistence (Luke 11:5-8).

The man kept on knocking at his neighbor’s door and refused to give up. His neighbor succumbed because he saw that the man was in desperate need of it. In like manner, God agrees to grant answers to our prayers when he sees our persistence and reluctance to give up (Luke 11:9-10).

Pray without stopping. There is power in persistence. It works in everything. Lack of consistency in anything will produce little or no result. When you stop walking after you have begun a journey, you can’t arrive at your destination (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

However, we should repent from all sins. Sin will keep us from praying. It’s besetting. Satan reminds us of our sins when we pray which might make us feel unworthy to speak to God (Hebrews 12:1).

Your persistence in prayer is your faith and without faith, it's impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
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