One of the greatest investments my grandfather instilled in me was the importance of having persistence in life, to not give up when life gets hard. Picking up this character trait has paid huge dividends throughout my life and I’m grateful.
Jesus himself spoke of the importance of being persistent with God in our prayers, to not give up in requesting God’s hand to move on our behalf. He highlighted this truth, as he did often, through a parable. Listen to Jesus’ words:
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ” Give me justice against my adversary. ” For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ” Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming. ” And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18:1-8 ESV)
Did you catch that? God is actually encouraging us to be annoyingly incessant in our prayers to him.
Jesus makes the contrasting point that if an evil, corrupt, judge will give in and meet the need, how much more so will our loving heavenly dad step in on our behalf. The more we seek him, the more we see him as our ultimate provider and that kind of faith pleases Him. persistent prayer gets God’s attention!
Let me urge you to not give up, but keep on knocking, keep on coming, keep on praying!
Praying with you and for you.